Jackson High School wins at University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Jackson High School Jazz choir and Director Craig Schell. Photo courtesy of University of Idaho.
Jackson High School Jazz choir and Director Craig Schell. Photo courtesy of University of Idaho.

From a University of Idaho news release.

Mill Creek’s Jackson High School Jazz Choir took top honors on Friday, February 23rd, at the University of Idaho’s 2018 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

After a full day of competition, the Jackson High School Jazz choir, a large ensemble directed by Craig Schell, was named the AAAA High School Multi Mic Ensemble Winner.

As a top multi mic ensemble, the group performed at the Young Artist’s Winners Concert on Friday evening, competing against ten other schools to be named as the overall sweepstakes winner for the festival.

Overall top honors went to Sandpoint High School Chamber Choir from Sandpoint, Idaho, who was presented with a rotating trophy for the year and will receive a free entry to the 2019 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

The festival, in its 51st year, features two days of student competitions, workshops and clinics on the University of Idaho campus. More than 4,127 students from 141 elementary, middle and high schools, as well as college and universities, are participating from around the region, including schools from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, Canada.

“It was a wonderful day of student performances,” said Vanessa Sielert, director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music in U of I’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

“The performances at the Young Artists Concert and by our soloists were truly amazing. I’m so pleased that we have so much talent to showcase.”

Performances from the Young Artist’s Winners Concert will be available on the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival’s YouTube channel at the conclusion of the festival.


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