BGHS, Chief Umtuch bands impress at the Pleasant Hill Invitational Jazz Festival

posted Apr 24, 2017, 4:32 PM by Joe Vajgrt

BGHS, Chief Umtuch bands impress at the Pleasant Hill Invitational Jazz Festival

April 24, 2017


Jazz Bands from Battle Ground High School and Chief Umtuch Middle School competed at the 42nd Annual Pleasant Hill Invitational Jazz Festival over the weekend and brought home several awards. Each year, about 2,000 students, along with their teachers and families, visit Pleasant Hill to attend the annual festival and enjoy a variety of clinics and concerts.

Battle Ground High School took first place in the Vocal Jazz Ensemble competition, the Advanced Jazz Band competition, the Intermediate II Jazz Band competition, and in the Jazz Combo competition, and the Intermediate Jazz Band 1 placed second. Chief Umtuch Middle School placed third in both the Middle School Jazz Band and Combo division categories.  

BGHS students were also recognized for their exceptional individual performances. Soloist awards were given to Cade O’Haver and Emily Christensen from the Vocal Jazz Ensemble; Cade O’Haver and Laney Pham from the Advanced Jazz Band; Ashton Henning from the Intermediate 2 Jazz Band;  Cade O’Haver (first place), Jordan Ledbetter (first place) and Nicole Furlow (second place) in the Vocal Solo Division I; and Brooke Hall (second place), and Madelyn Breaux (third place) in the Vocal Solo Division II. Additionally, senior pianist Cade O’Haver and  sophomore vocalist Madelyn Breaux were the winners of the Mike Wiggins Memorial Award for Excellence in Jazz.

The Pleasant Hill Invitational Jazz Festival began in 1976 simply as a vocal festival. The festival was introduced not only as a competition but also as an educational experience with participants listening to numerous choirs, clinics and experienced adjudicators interacting with groups after their preliminary performance. The second year of the festival saw the beginning of the instrumental portion of the festival. Since then, the festival has grown into one of the largest high school jazz festivals in the region. 


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