On February 23, 2013, the three Jackson High School jazz bands participated in the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. Performances by all three jazz bands, Disfunkshun jazz combo, Take Seven jazz combo, and bass soloist, Erika Middleton-Sharpe, were evaluated by professional jazz artists and clinicians. Rubrics that address national music standards were used to provide feedback for the performances.
Each JHS group consistently scored in the outstanding category for the majority of the classifications of the rubrics. Several of JHS students were recognized as “Young Artist Solo Award” winners: Brandon Mar, drums, James Henderson, alto sax, Sean Hoon, tenor sax and Michael Henning, piano.
In addition, the Disfunkshun jazz combo, consisting of Michael Henning, Brandon Mar, King Dawidalle, and Shadi Mattar, was invited to perform in the Kibbie Dome at the evening “winners’ concert They performed a piece called Skyline which was written by Jackson High School senior and pianist Michael Henning.