Congratulations to the 12 o’clock Jazz Ensemble who will perform as one of the top 8 jazz ensembles in the state at the ISSMA State Finals on 3/16! They are the defending State Champions!!! Good luck!… Don’t forget to make your reservations to hear all the awesome Castle Jazz Bands at Knight with Castle Bands on 4/21!
On Friday 2/23, all three of our Jazz Ensembles traveled to University of Louisville for their annual Jazz Festival. This included the Castle Jazz Bones, Wednesday Jazz Ensemble, and the 12 O’clock Jazz Ensemble. All three groups scored very well and received many outstanding musician and soloist awards. Our 12 O’clock Jazz Ensemble was named honor band of the day and was the featured band in the evening concert. Three of our students were named Outstanding Soloists of the day and received Scholarship Awards.
They were Sami E., Matthew W., and Sydney M.. Congratulations to all!
Below are some highlights and photos from last year’s Castle Jazz Bands Events.
Congratulations to our three incredible Castle Jazz Ensembles for their amazing performances at the ISU Jazz Festival, U of L Jazz Festival, ISSMA Jazz Festival, and FAT TUESDAY concert! Also, a giant congrats to our 12 O’Clock Jazz Ensemble for taking the ISSMA Jazz Band State Champ Honor Band Award!!!! You cats are cool! See below for the special awards these groups brought home and check out the schedule on the right to see where you might catch them next! Congrats to All of our Swingin’ Jazz Knights!
12 O’CLOCK JAZZ Live at the Statehouse
Check out this video of our awesome 12 O’Clock Jazz Ensemble playing at the Indiana Statehouse!
What an amazing night of Jazz from so many smooth musicians! Thanks to all of our visiting bands who participated to make it an amazing night. Photos are below and if you’re interested in reliving the experience, check out the video here, courtesy of our awesome videographer Brian E.
U of L Jazz Festival
Trombone Jazz-Achievement Award Winners:
John O-Solo Bass
Olivia S-Solo Vibes
Tuesday Jazz-Achievement Award Winners:
Gabby P-Alto Solo
Emma F-Alto Solo
12 O Clock Jazz-Achievement Award Winners:
Matthew W-Alto Solo
Conner E/Brian S/Kevin W-Lead Trumpet
Wes T-Tenor Solo
Although there were not placements given, our 12 O Clock band was honored to be the feature band from the day chosen to open the night concert.
There were 4 Jamey Aebersold Scholarships given to students to attend a week long workshop this summer at U of L. This scholarship pays for tuition to the camp where they will get individual and combo experiences with top jazz professionals and educators.
Castle received two award winners. Congratulations to:
Matthew W and Caroline R
ISU Jazz Festival
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Most Distinctive Ensemble
Third Place Overall
Trombone Jazz Achievement Award winners:
Ross A. – solo
Grant W. – solo
Caroline R.– solo
Sean R. – solo
Tommy W. – solo
12 O’Clock Jazz Ensemble:
First Place Overall
12 O’Clock Jazz Ensemble Achievement Award Winners:
Matthew W. – Outstanding Lead Alto
Conner E./Brian S. – Outstanding Lead Trumpet
Outstanding Top Soloist of the Day – Wesley T., Tenor Sax
The Castle Jazz Ensemble is quickly becoming one of the top high school jazz bands in the state.
Castle offers several opportunities for students to participate in Jazz activities through the 12 O’Clock Jazz ensemble, Tuesday Jazz Band, and the Trombone Jazz.
Jazz Ensemble students perform at numerous events through out the local area as well as several jazz competitions.