BGHS’ Advanced Jazz Band takes first place at Skyview Jazz Festival 

Students in Battle Ground High School’s Advanced Jazz Band with director Greg McKelveyCongratulations to the Battle Ground High School Advanced Jazz Band on taking first place at the Skyview Jazz Festival on Saturday, December 7! The annual festival features high school and middle school big bands and combos. All ensembles receive constructive feedback from adjudicators. This year’s theme was “A Storm of Cool Jazz” and featured guest artists from the River City Riot Brass Band.

In addition to BGHS’ Advanced Jazz Band taking home top honors, Prairie High School’s Jazz Band 1 placed third in the Advanced Division, and Chief Umtuch Middle School’s Advanced Jazz Band placed second in the Middle School Division.

Top soloist awards were presented to Battle Ground High School’s Ashton Hemming (saxophone) and Mallory Meyer (trombone); Prairie High School’s Isaac Moroshan (trumpet); and Chief Umtuch Middle School’s Sora Tolley (alto saxophone), Jake Grevstad (trombone), and Jayden Corey (drums).

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