Battle Ground schools impress at Skyview Jazz Festival

posted Dec 6, 2017, 4:21 PM by Joe Vajgrt

Battle Ground schools impress at Skyview Jazz Festival

December 6, 2017

Bands and soloists from several Battle Ground schools brought home awards from the Skyview Jazz Festival in Vancouver on December 2. 

The Battle Ground High School Advanced Jazz Band placed first overall in the 4A Division and also won the Sight Reading Award. 

In the 3A Division, Prairie High School placed second overall, which marks the first time in over a decade that the school has been a top-ranked finisher. In the same division, the BGHS Intermediate I Band placed third.   

In addition to the bands’ collective accomplishments, several soloists were also honored for their individual performances. Prairie High School’s Ericka Mecham (trombone) and Donovan Benko (rhythm section) were recognized as outstanding soloists, as were Battle Ground High School’s Shane Walz (woodwinds) and Tyler Barnes (trumpet). 

In the Middle School Division, Chief Umtuch’s band placed second overall while eighth grader Dominic Mendoza (bass) was recognized as an outstanding soloist. Laurin Middle School eighth grader Isaac Moroshan (trumpet) was also the recipient of a soloist award. 

Join us in congratulating our many talented musicians!