Anna Tucker CHS Jazz

Anna Tucker (right) was one of five saxophonists to perform with the 2019 Oregon Jazz Festival All-Star Big Band.

The 2018-2019 school year has been a fruitful year for Columbia High School’s Music Program.

Whether it be through ensemble excellence or individual accomplishments, the students are finding success through their hard work and dedication to the program.

Jed Matthias auditioned for and made it into the 2019 NAFME All-Northwest Wind Symphony. Matthias was 1 of only 11 trumpeters to make it in from a pool that spanned Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska.

Anna Tucker performed with the 2019 Oregon Jazz Festival All-Star Big Band. Tucker was one of only five saxophonists to make it in with auditions spanning from Washington, Oregon, and California.

In terms of ensemble success, CHS’s jazz bands have performed outstandingly in their divisions at festivals. Jazz I performed in Clark College’s 2019 Jazz Festival in January and finished top three in the “A” Division. Due to scheduling conflicts, the ensemble was unable to perform later for official placement.

In April, both Jazz I and Jazz II performed at Columbia Basin College in the Jazz Unlimited Festival. Jazz II won the “Junior Band” Division and Jazz I won in a stacked “A” Division.

Additionally, Ethan Lyons received an individual award as an “outstanding soloist.” Lyons was also invited to play at the 50th Anniversary AESD Annual Conference at Skamania Lodge with Jed, Cole Harrison, and Luke Samuels.

This jazz combo was recommended by Superintendent Dr. Jerry Lewis and performed for superintendents, board members, and school officials attending from all over the entire state.  

To support these accomplished students and thriving program, come see them perform at CHS’s 2019 End of Year Concert on Wednesday, May 29, in the CHS Gym at 7 p.m. The concert is free and will also feature CHS’s Concert Band and Mariachi Ensemble. 

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