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March 20 to 26 - Mead Jazz Fest Week!

Good evening, Everyone!

University of Montana Buddy De Franco Jazz Festival Recap

As usual, the University of Montana Buddy De Franco Jazz Festival was an amazing experience for the students. From the educational improv and MasterCalsses, the incredible performances by our groups, the inspiring performances by the U of M Jazz Band, the U of M Faculty, professional guests artists and other great high school students on site, there was something amazing for everyone to experience!

Congrats to all Jazz 2 and Jazz 1 members on their awesome performances!

Some special recognition went out to:

Jazz 2 - Ivy Brauner and Jace Samaha - Outstanding Musicians

Jazz 1 - Hannah Robbins - Outstanding Musician for her beautiful jazz flute playing, Will Farley, Valin Gabriel, Jake Gendreau, Colin McKenna, Katherine Selby as the U of M Festival Best Rhythm Section and Will Strauch, Nick Kar, and Teghan Bright as U of M Outstanding Soloists (only 3 students were selected - and they were all from Mead!)

The Jazz 1 rhythm section and outstanding soloists played in the night concert! (if you look closely enough you can even see another familiar face in the picture :D )

Congratulations to Will Strauch, featured soloist with the Coeur d'Alene.

On Saturday evening 3/18, less than 24 hours from our U of M return, Will was on stage with the Coeur d'Alene Symphony performing the trombone concerto which he was also one of 3 winners of the Spokane Youth Symphony Concerto competition. Way to go Will!


  • Monday 3/20

    • Sign-ups for the Mead Jazz Fest continue and are open to all grade levels. We need your help! STUDENT SIGN UP is HERE for reference. Students sign up in person on the band office window. Please check the Bandwagon emails for the PARENT SIGN UP!

  • Tuesday 3/21 & Wednesday 3/22

    • No playing in class - SFMEA Choir Festival

      • 2nd, 3rd period in the Mall

      • 4th, 5th period in the Library

      • Please bring homework to work on. There will be some logistical/preparation work to be done for our festival on Saturday, but many can take advantage of the time as a "study hall".

  • Thursday 3/23, 7pm, MHS THEATRE JAZZ CONCERT

    • Report by 6:30pm

    • Stage setup will take place during zero hour by Jazz 1 students.

  • Friday 3/24 - 3pm to 7pm

    • Thank you in advance for your help!

  • Saturday 3/25 - Mead Jazz Festival all day at MHS


  • Monday 3/27, 5pm to 8pm - Symphonic Band and Percussion combo rehearsal

  • Tuesday 3/28, 7pm, MHS - Festival Band Concert

  • Wednesday 3/29, school hours - SFMEA Band Festival at Ferris HS

  • Saturday 4/1 to 4/9 - Spring Break

  • Thursday 4/13 to Sunday 4/16 - Seattle Trip

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