Fine Arts @ DGN Mission

North High School endeavors to provide an enriching, vibrant, multidisciplinary environment for the study, creation, and presentation of the Fine Arts.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

DGN Jazzers Swing Home With Awards from Purdue University Jazz Festival @Dist_99

Congratulations to the student musicians of the North High School Jazz Program for an outstanding showing at the 2017 Purdue Jazz Festival.   Three jazz ensembles performed and competed with more than 100 high school ensembles from five states across the Midwest.  In addition to receiving a score from the panel of adjudicators in each room, each group received real time formative feedback from each judge in an audio recording.  This feedback is essential to the continuing growth of both individual students and the musicianship of each ensemble.  

The DGN Jazz Combo earned the title of "Honor Band" for their division at the festival, earning the highest score of all 17 ensembles in the Combo Room.  

Each of the three ensembles from DGN received a Division I rating from the panel of judges.  This is the highest possible rating on the scoring rubric.  In addition to the outstanding ensemble performances, 12 Outstanding Soloist Awards were given by the panel of judges to DGN students for displaying outstanding musicianship.

DGN Jazz Combo – Division I Rating / Honor Band Award (1st Place)
Outstanding Soloist AwardsJosie Bondarowicz (bass), Matthew McCoy (alto sax), and Caleb Schmurr (trombone). 

DGN Jazz Ensemble – Division I Rating / 3rd Place
Outstanding Soloist Awards: Emily Dwyer (trumpet), Matthew McCoy (alto sax), Miles Teague (piano), Michael Thompson (tenor sax), and Marz Tingzon (bari sax).

DGN Jazz Lab Band – Division I Rating / 4th Place
Outstanding Soloist Awards: Daniel Borgard (drums), Andrew Jackson (tenor sax), Justin Koblich (drums), and Sebastian Strempfer (bass).