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.
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
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 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.
“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:
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.
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.
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.
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.