Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Dragons Shine at Region 24 Jazz Competition

The Region 24 Jazz competition was held last weekend at Carroll Senior High School. Over 100 students from 13 high schools in TMEA Region 24 auditioned for placement in the two All-Region Jazz ensembles.

Seventeen of the 40 available spots were won by Dragons. The eight students in Jazz 1 will audition for All-state in two weeks.

2015 Region 24 Jazz Results

Jazz 1
Instrument Name School Grade
Alto Sax 1 Nathan Brooks Liberty HS 10
Alto Sax 2 Cameron Barth Carroll Sr. HS 11
Tenor Sax 1 Will Nathman Carroll Sr. HS 12
Tenor Sax 2 Kyle Cantrell Carroll Sr. HS 10
Bari Sax Zach Gross Liberty HS 11
Trumpet 1 Aaron Stone Liberty HS 11
Trumpet 2 Harrison Severns Centennial HS 12
Trumpet 3 Caleb Dixon Centennial HS 11
Trumpet 4 Branston Mefferd Centennial HS 12
Trumpet 5 Elayyach Kaiser Liberty HS 12
Trombone 1 Austin Woolsey Carroll Sr. HS 11
Trombone 2 Jared Esserine Lone Star HS 11
Trombone 3 Alex Stahl Newman Smith HS 12
Bs Trombone 4 Matt Hisey Marcus HS 12
Bs Trombone 5 Pearce Brown Carroll Sr. HS 12
Guitar Ethan Ditthardt Carroll Sr. HS 12
Piano Kade Lehman Carroll Sr. HS 10
Bass Chris File Carroll Sr. HS 12
Drumset 1 Austin Benedetti Lake Dallas HS 12
Drumset 2 Kaario Conley Ranchview HS 10
Jazz 2
Instrument Name School Grade
Alto Sax 1 Joey O’Reilly Centennial HS 11
Alto Sax 2 Samuel Ma Carroll Senior HS 10
Tenor Sax 1 Blaise Sherrill Carroll Senior HS 11
Tenor Sax 2 Derek Kang Creekview HS  
Bari Sax Adam Sasek Carroll Senior HS 12
       
Trumpet 1 Kaley Van Valkenburg Carroll Senior HS 12
Trumpet 2 Jonathan Hunda Newman Smith HS 12
Trumpet 3 Keara Hanlon Carroll Senior HS 11

 

Carroll Jazz Returns from NYC Contest

The Carroll Dragons are becoming popular finalists at the annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition in New York City. The contest, hosted May 8-10 at the Lincoln Center, was the third time Carroll Jazz was invited to participate. This year, the Dragons were the only high school in the state to be invited to play and the only school to be named a finalist three times. The Dragons were invited to Ellington in 2007, 2010 and again in 2014.

This year more than 2,700 U.S. high schools became members of the Essentially Ellington program, 94 schools submitted audition recordings, and the Carroll Jazz Orchestra was one of only 15 selected by blind audition to compete in the finals.

Director David Lown said the students turned in their best performance of the year, bringing down the house down with a standing ovation. Carroll Jazz received awards for Outstanding Brass and Outstanding Vocals (Chris Weisberg). The event was streamed live on Saturday, May 10 and will remain posted here for the next few weeks: http://new.livestream.com/jazz/ee2014/videos/50548710.

The band also received additional media coverage from local PBS station, KERA News. Click here to listen to the report. Earlier this spring while attending a clinic at Carroll High School for area jazz students, University of North Texas Jazz Studies Professor, Steve Wiest spoke about the talent of the Carroll Jazz band. Click here to watch the video.

Members of the Carroll Jazz OrchestraCarrollJazzLogo_Black

  • Pearce Brown
  • Nathan Fritz
  • Adam Horne
  • Andrew Hyatt
  • Colter Johnson
  • Mylon Johnson
  • Tien Tran
  • Ryan Adler
  • Daniel Canterino
  • Tanner Deters
  • (Jake) Ryan Fields
  • Colton Ginn
  • Andrew Jensen
  • Stephen Ma
  • Kenny Martin
  • Parker Smith
  • Ray Teer
  • Chris Weisberg

Dragons Win at TCU Jazz Festival

Carroll’s top two jazz ensembles traveled to the TCU Jazz Festival Saturday, March 29 to compete in a field of 30 jazz bands from around the State. Both the Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble took first place in the 5A-Varsity Divisions. Click here for more information about the festival. The band rosters are listed below.Carroll Jazz TCU 2014

Jazz Orchestra

  • Tanner Deters
  • Tien Tran
  • Colton Ginn
  • Daniel Canterino
  • Ryan Adler
  • Christopher Cunningham
  • Pearce Brown
  • Nathan Fritz
  • Andrew Jensen
  • Adam Horne
  • Mylon Johnson
  • Chris Weisberg
  • Colter Johnson
  • Jon Casel
  • Ray Teer
  • Kenny Martin
  • Parker Smith
  • Stephen Ma
  • Ryan Fields

Jazz Ensemble

  • Brandon Vu
  • Adam Sasek
  • Cameron Barth
  • Daniel Tubbesing
  • Allie Newman
  • Zach Susskind
  • Jaden Curreri
  • Austin Woolsey
  • David Kent
  • Jackson Bicart
  • Hunter Black
  • Stacy Heitman
  • Kaley Van Valkenburg
  • Ryker Torti
  • Ariel Szekely
  • Jackson Wright

Carroll Jazz Program for Middle School Students

Carroll-Jazz-thumbnailCarroll ISD 7-8 grade band students interested in learning more about the Carroll Jazz program can sign up for “Swing School’.

Sessions are held in the CSHS Jazz Room Mondays from 4- 5:15 p.m. The first class will be Monday, March 24.

The program is designed to give middle school students a chance to study with, learn from, and perform live with high school students in the jazz program. “Swing School” ends with students participating in a special performance in the Spring Jazz Concert on Thursday, May 1. For complete details, including session dates visit the Carroll Jazz website by clicking here.

Carroll Jazz Named Essentially Ellington Finalist

Carroll ISD is proud to announce the Carroll ISD Jazz Orchestra was named a 2014 Essentially Ellington finalist. Essentially Ellington is the largest and most prominent national High School jazz contest and is often referred to as the “Super Bowl” of jazz competitions. Carroll was selected in a blind audition process to join 14 other bands from across the country at the finals in New York City, May 8-11.

This is not the first time Carroll Jazz has been named an Essentially Ellington finalist. The program has been selected before, a testament to the talent and dedication of Carroll students and staff.

“I am so excited,” said Carroll ISD Superintendent, Dr. David Faltys. “This is an incredible honor. I am so proud of our students and instructors for once again, qualifying for this incredible competition. This competition is an awesome opportunity for our kids to compete on a national scale against some of the finest musicians in the country.”

“Returning to the Essentially Ellington finals has been a goal of the students in the Carroll Jazz program since we were last there in 2010,” said David Lown, Carroll ISD Director of Jazz Bands.

Carroll Jazz students are excited for the opportunity and grateful for all the support they’ve received.

“They are in this position because of the dedication shown to them by their parents, a school district that values the importance of Fine Arts, and tremendous help from private lesson teachers, clinicians, band directors and their peers,” said Lown.

New rule changes make the competition more difficult which, Lown said made the announcement that Carroll Jazz was a finalist all the more special. Carroll was the only school from Texas to be selected as a finalist this year.

Hosted at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, Essentially Ellington finalists participate in the three-day festival that includes performances, clinics and mentorship from prominent musicians focusing on the music of Duke Ellington. Click here to read the official announcement.

This year’s Carroll ISD Jazz Orchestra members are:

Saxophones

  • ‪Tanner Deters‬
  • ‪Tien Tran‬
  • ‪Colton Ginn‬
  • ‪Daniel Canterino‬
  • ‪Ryan Adler‬

Trumpets

  • ‪Adam Horne‬
  • ‪Mylon Johnson‬
  • ‪Chris Weisberg‬
  • ‪Colter Johnson‬

Trombones

  • Chris Cunningham
  • Pearce Brown
  • Nathan Fritz
  • Andrew Jensen

Rhythm Section

  • Andrew Hyatt
  • Kenny Martin
  • Ray Teer
  • Parker Smith
  • Stephen Ma
  • Ryan Fields

Carroll Jazz Earns Outstanding Results

Members of the Carroll Jazz Band competed at the Region 24 Jazz Audition on Saturday, Sept. 21 in Frisco. Carroll ISD Director of Jazz Bands, David Lown said the competition was very tough and Carroll students came back with outstanding results.

The following students were selected to the Jazz Ensemble 1 and will audition for All-State Jazz Ensemble: Chris Weisberg, Adam Horne, Christopher Cunningham, Kenny Martin and Stephen Ma.

Tanner Deters, Colton Ginn, Ryan Adler, Pearce Brown, Ray Teer and Ryan Fields were selected to Jazz Ensemble 2. Jackson Wright  was selected as 1st alternate – drums, Nathan Fritz was selected as 1st alternate – trombone, Tien Tran received 1st alternate – alto sax and Daniel Canterino is 1st alternate – tenor sax.

For more information about the TMEA Region 24 Jazz Ensembles, visit the website by clicking here.

Carroll Jazz to Present Spring Concert, Feature Guest Artists

The Carroll Jazz program will offer a free evening of jazz on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. The concert will feature Carroll High School’s three jazz bands, the Dawson Middle School jazz band, and the Swing School jazz band.

The music will range from classics by Duke Ellington and Count Basie to modern compositions by UNT composers. The concert will also feature guest artists Stockton Helbing and Micah Bell. Mr. Helbing was formerly the drummer and musical director of the Maynard Ferguson Jazz Orchestra, and is currently the drummer for Doc Severinsen and his Orchestra. Micah Bell is a trumpeter and former member of the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band. The concert will be held in the CSHS Auditorium.

For more information about the Carroll Jazz program, please visit www.carrolljazz.org.

Dragon Jazz Tops TCU Festival

The Carroll ISD Jazz Band is celebrating a big win this past weekend. Students in the Jazz Orchestra received first place in the 5A Varsity category at the TCU Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 23. The group competed with 28 other bands from around the state. Jazz Orchestra students Adam Horne, Tanner Deters, Ryan Adler, Jared Neeley, Nick Booth, Ray Teer, Stephen Ma and Colter Johnson also received Outstanding Soloist awards.

The Jazz Ensemble competed as well. The Jazz Ensemble is a JV group but was invited by festival organizers to compete in the 4A Varsity category. Although they didn’t place in the top three during competition, Director David Lown said the students did an outstanding job versus some of the best 4A Varsity bands in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Click here to read more about the event. Students who participated in the TCU Jazz Festival are listed below followed by a video from the performance.

Jazz Orchestra

  • Tanner Deters
  • Tien Tran
  • Colton Ginn
  • Daniel Canterino
  • Ryan Adler
  • Jared Neeley
  • Nick Booth
  • Christopher Cunningham
  • Cameron Brewer
  • Adam Horne
  • Reid Appleby
  • Kelsey Bronson
  • Chris Weisberg
  • Ammar Ansari
  • Ray Teer
  • Kenny Martin
  • Luke Miller
  • Stephen Ma

 

Jazz Ensemble

  • Brandon Vu
  • Danny Onaca
  • Daniel Tubbesing
  • Allie Newman
  • Adam Sasek
  • Pearce Brown
  • Nathan Fritz
  • Andrew Jensen
  • Mylon Johnson
  • Colter Johnson
  • Hunter Black
  • Heiko Troetsch
  • Ariel Szekely
  • Ben Claffey
  • Parker Smith
  • Matt Feragne
  • Ryan Fields

Dragon Jazz Orchestra @ TCU Jazz Fest 2013 from Carroll Dragon TV on Vimeo.

Carroll Jazz Bands Sweep UTA Jazz Festival

Carroll ISD jazz students had successful performances at the 39th Annual UT Arlington Jazz Festival recently. Students from Carroll’s 1st and 3rd jazz groups competed against other high schools from across the Dallas- Fort Worth area. The competition was held Friday, March 1 inside the Hereford University Center located on the UT Arlington campus.

In addition to competing for ratings, scores, and judges’ comments, each band will receive a separate 25 minute clinic with a feedback clinician. The evening awards concert will feature the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra with our guest artists, Gale and Mario Cruz.  

According to CISD Jazz Band Director David Lown, the Carroll Jazz Band 3 won the 2nd Jazz Band division. Lown said there was no 3rd band division at the contest, so Carroll entered its 3rd band to compete with other schools’ 2nd bands. Members of Carroll Jazz Band 3 are: Micaela Lumpkins, Ethan Widell, Casey Lapham, Jake Nimergood, Nick Kraft, Zach Susskind, Hunter Graviett, Jaden Curreri, Jared Smith, Jackson Bicart, Faraz Ansari, Stacy Heitman, Brooks Ragsdale, Noah Harston, Andrew Hyatt, Nikhil Malhotra, Riley Caldwell, Tristan Blue, Jackson Wright and Jacob Cicherski.

Judges declared the Carroll Jazz Orchestra the winner in the 5A-1st Band division. The Jazz Orchestra also received the Festival Sweepstakes Award, out performing all 21 competing bands. As the Festival Sweepstakes Award winner, the Carroll Jazz Orchestra will perform next year as the exhibition group at the UTA Jazz Festival’s evening concert. Members of the Carroll Jazz Orchestra are: Tanner Deters, Tien Tran, Colton Ginn, Daniel Canterino, Ryan Adler, Jared Neeley, Nick Booth, Christopher Cunningham, Cameron Brewer, Adam Horne, Reid Appleby, Kelsey Bronson, Chris Weisberg, Ammar Ansari, Ray Teer, Kenny Martin, Luke Miller and Stephen Ma.