Home of one of the most active jazz bands in the state, Carroll ISD is known for its accomplishments in both the athletic and academic arenas. Earlier this week, the Carroll Jazz Orchestra was named the 2014 Texas Invited High School Jazz Ensemble and will perform at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Convention. As only one band is chosen from the entire state, this is the highest honor that can be given to a jazz band.
Coming in February, the Carroll Jazz Orchestra will appear before approximately 25,000 music educators along with other Texas All-State band and vocal groups. This convention offers clinics and seminars for educators in Texas, but one of the biggest treats will be hearing the Dragon Jazz Ensemble.
“This is a tremendous honor and I know that the kids are all extremely excited to get to perform at TMEA,” Carroll jazz bands director David Lown said. In addition to performing in front of a huge audience of Texas educators, they will also get to observe the Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble and other notable groups, so this really is a great educational opportunity for them. Many outstanding groups submitted auditions for this, so it was quite a pleasant surprise to learn that we had gotten the nod this year. Our students have been seeing their hard work pay off all year long, and to receive such a unique accolade after school is out is very, very special.”
The Carroll Jazz Bands are special indeed. Last fall, Carroll students earned 16 of the 40 spots in the All-Region Jazz Bands that are chosen from 13 schools. In March, the third Jazz Band won 1st place in the 5A-2nd Jazz Band category at the UTA Jazz Festival. The top group, the Jazz Orchestra, won 1st place in the 5A-1st Jazz Band categories at both the UTA Jazz Festival and TCU Jazz Festival.