March 12, 2001
Travels with the band
by Glen Alberts
As a parent of one of the Timbercrest Jazz Band members, I was fortunate enough to accompany the band to the North Kitsap Junior High Jazz Festival on Feb. 1.
As the bus lumbered out of the parking lot at 6:45 a.m. enroute to Poulsbo, the band was looking forward to performing in front of students, teachers and a panel of judges at the festival.
The festival included 14 junior high and middle school jazz bands from throughout the Puget Sound area.
Upon arrival at the festival, the band was treated to several performances by other jazz bands. It soon became evident that the competition was fierce. Each band had a unique style and tempo.
While it's true that I'm partial to the Timbercrest Jazz Band, I can say without a doubt that when the band opened with their "More Blues" selection, featuring Chris Vita on guitar, I knew they had brought their A-game to the festival.
The entire auditorium was moving to the music. After the applause died down, it was time for their "Mister Nice Guy" selection, featuring Daniel Nevistic on trumpet. Again, the band sounded fantastic, but they weren't done yet.
Their final piece, "Groove Merchant," once again had the audience spellbound.
After the band left the stage to attend the judges' clinic where they received suggestions and an evaluation of their performance, I had the pleasure of listening to several more bands before it was time to board the bus for home.
While all the bands were terrific, my hat is off to the Timbercrest Jazz Band, Mr. J.D. McLauchlan, and Mr. Rick White for their commitment to excellence.
In a time when mediocrity is often considered acceptable, it's great to see such dedicated teachers, and enthusiastic, talented students striving to be their best.
Glen Alberts is a technical writer who lives with his family in Woodinville. His daughter Noelle is a 7th grader at Timbercrest Junior High School.