Snider Jazz Band invited to play in Indy - March 11, 2009
Jazz bands from North Side, Northrop and Snider high schools placed among the top of those participating the Ball State Jazz Festival on March 2. The Snider High School Wind Machine was named the Top Honor Band and was invited to perform in the evening concert with the Ball State Jazz Band. The Top Honor designation also earned the Wind Machine an invitation to perform at the Indy Jazz Festival on June 28 with $1,000 for travel expenses. The Snider Jazz Combo #1 was named the top combo of the competition. Northrop's Jazz Band #1 placed second and the North Side Wildsiders placed third in their competitions. Individually, Tyler Scott from Snider won the Frank Mantooth Award as the best overall soloist in his competition. Kale Okeson from Snider won a half-tuition scholarship to the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp. Jordan West from Snider won a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Indianapolis' Combo Camp. Other award winners include Ian McComb on lead trumpet from North Side; Quinton Arkwright on vibraphone from North Side; Melissa Smith on trumpet from Northrop; Phil Janz on trombone from Northrop; Jessie Gaze on bass from Northrop; Roshan Parikh on lead trumpet from Snider; Som Amphonephong on trombone from Snider; and Jordan West on drums from Snider.