Truckee High Jazz Band second at festival |

Truckee High Jazz Band second at festival

Special to the Sun
From left, THS Band Director Jesse Steele, with Outstanding Musician Award winners J.P. Eikam, Lucas Rohlf and Zarek Livak (Jared Murphy not pictured).
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Under the direction of Mr. Jesse Steele, the Truckee High School Jazz Band placed second in its division at the 53rd Annual Reno Jazz Festival on April 23-25.

Truckee High Jazz Band performed three pieces: “Jeannine,” “Sapphire Eyes,” and “Spain.” The band received two superior scores (1s) and one excellent score (a 2) from three adjudicators.

“I think earning second place at the prestigious Reno Jazz Festival is a big accomplishment,” Steele said. “There were seven schools in our field and Truckee High placed second.”

Four THS students were honored with Outstanding Musician Awards at this event: Lucas Rohlf on saxophone, J.P. Eikam on flute, Zarek Livak on trumpet, and Jared Murphy on drums.

The Reno Jazz Festival at the University of Nevada, Reno, is positioned as one of the oldest and largest musical gatherings of its kind in our country.

This festival hosts more than 300 school groups, 9,000 participants and many skilled clinicians and performers for students to learn from during the event.

Beyond just a place to perform and showcase their talent, THS band students were able to hear professionals and learn first hand in clinics and workshops.

THS Jazz Band students attended one of three clinics, either saxophone, trombone, or trumpet during the day. In the evening, THS Jazz Band members attended a concert featuring UNR’s The Collective and Donny McCaslin, Vertical Voices and the SFJAZZ Collective.