Woodinville High band wins state academic award

WHS jazz band

The Woodinville High School jazz band.
Photo courtesy of Bob Crandall.

WHS jazz band For the second year in a row, the Woodinville High School jazz band, directed by Jim Rice, has won the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association academic achievement award. Before that, the W.H.S. orchestra had received the honor for four years.
   The annual award recognizes one music group statewide based on the grade point average (GPA) of all the students in the group. The 20 members of the jazz band have a cumulative GPA of 3.614, the highest of any AAA school in the state.
   A plaque in honor of the jazz band will be presented to the group at the state solo contest at Central Washington University in April. Rice has also announced that the school's music department has been invited to two festivals this spring.
   The jazz and concert bands will take part in the Northwest Invitational Band Festival at the University of Puget Sound Mar. 22 and 23. The symphonic band, orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, and marching band have been invited to perform at the Heritage International Music Festival in New West-minster, B.C.
   The marching band competition will be broadcast on Canadian national television as part of that community's Hyak Days Parade. This will be Woodinville's third trip to the festival.
   In the past, they have won first place at the festival in all divisions, and in their previous two visits, they won sweepstakes' award as the outstanding overall program.
   Jazz band members include: Chandler Rudd, Paul Konishi, Aaron Endlsey, Chris Yorks, Sabrina Burke, Megan Metcalf, Lara Needham, Molly Powell, Matt Brobak, Jonelle Horn, Marc Mittelsteadt, Guy Armfield, Adam Kasner, Mark Rice, Jeremy Klosterman, Mary Swain, John Pyles, Jay Hodgson, Nicole Hurlock, and Ryan Casperson.