Alder Creek Middle School jazz band wows judges, crowds |

Alder Creek Middle School jazz band wows judges, crowds

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ACMS Jazz Band strikes a pose at Cabrillo College during the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Alder Creek Middle School’s 32-person jazz band performed at many concerts in the month of March.

First, the jazz band performed at ACMS’s Second Trimester Concert on March 13 along with ACMS’s grade six band, grade seven band and grade eight Concert Band.

Parents and community members were introduced to a new Competition Jazz Band that night, which is a small committed group of jazz students who volunteer to practice on Friday afternoons after school as part of a student initiated project.

On a snowy evening in March, the jazz band played for the Truckee Optimist Club and filled the room with music at the Old 40 Cafe on Donner Lake to thank the Optimists for their support of ACMS’s band programs.


The weekend of March 14, members of the ACMS Jazz Band attended the 28th Annual Santa Cruz Jazz Festival. The ACMS Jazz Band scored well, with unanimous “Excellent” ratings from all of the judges, even in sight reading. Students attended master classes for trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano and percussion.

Many of Alder Creek’s students also went to digital music clinics and vocal jazz clinics with The Bobs, an entertaining vocal jazz group that was one of the weekend’s headline performances. Some students even participated in an impromptu juggling lesson from flow arts performers on the Cabrillo College quad.

ACMS students were also treated to a fantastic evening concert with the Cabrillo College Jazz Band and well-known trumpet soloist Bobby Shew.


On March 21, the ACMS Jazz Band performed at the California Music Educators Band Festival at North Tahoe High School. At this event, all bands are adjudicated by collegiate level professional music educators. Bands are judged on all aspects of their music performance including talent, style, appearance, tone, and quality of sound.

The following evening, the ACMS Jazz Band rocked the Truckee Rotary Club’s Annual Crab Feed at the Community Center.

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