Jazz Bands Sweep Region Contest

Posted on 01/21/2019
MSHSL Clinician Ryan Anderson (Dover-Eyota High School) critiques Jazz I following their “Best in Site” performance at contest this past weekend. Both Jazz I and Jazz II received perfect scores of 40/40 at the contest.On Saturday, January 19, the Farmington High School Jazz Bands took part in the MSHSL Region 1AA Solo/Ensemble Festival at Lakeville South High School. FHS entered four big bands in the contest, with Farmington Jazz I taking top honors amongst all jazz ensembles, known as a "Best in Site" Award. Under the direction of Erin Holmes, Jazz I was not only was recognized as the top jazz band (out of 10 ensembles competing from six schools), but did so with a perfect score of 40 out of 40.
Amazingly, Jazz II, under the direction of Bradley Mariska, also got a perfect score of 40. A third Farmington ensemble, Birdland Jazz, also received a Superior Rating (36/40 points), while Blue Note Jazz received an Excellent Rating (34/40 points).

Music performed on Saturday spanned a wide range of styles and genres - from swing hits like “Fly Me to the Moon” and rock classics like “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” to more contemporary jazz hits like Ellen Rowe’s “Point/Counterpoint” and Patty Darling’s “The Next Chapter.”  Literally dozens of student soloists were featured, with over 90 students total participating in Jazz Band at FHS this year.

The bands will present their programs to the public at the Winter Jazz Concert is at 7 p.m., Monday, February 11, in the FHS Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. For more info, visit www.FarmingtonTigerBands.org
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