MPCHS Jazz Bands take home awards Saturday

The Mt. Pleasant Community High School?s Jazz 2 won top honors in the Second Bands Category on Saturday. Jazz 1 competed in Class 3A, placing third.

Outstanding Musicianship Awards were given to the following from Jazz 1: Anne Schnicker, piano; Callie DePriest, alto saxophone; Garrett Maddy and Joey Holtkamp, tenor saxophone; Sadie Carassco, trombone and Abby Ryon, bass. From Jazz 2 Outstanding Musicianship Awards went to Luke Ryon, Bari-saxophone; Drake Snavely, tenor saxophone; Ben Scudder, trombone and Nicholas McCormick, alto saxophone.

Both high school jazz bands will be joined by the middle school jazz band Saturday, March 3, at the District Jazz Festival at Iowa City West High School. Bands that place first or second at the district contest will automatically qualify to compete at the Iowa Jazz Championships in April.