G.W. Graham celebrates international jazz victory

  • Feb. 28, 2011 6:00 p.m.

It was a world-class performance that left its musicians in tears.G.W. Graham middle-secondary school’s senior jazz band won the high school B division at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho this past weekend.”This is a first for a senior jazz band in our community and the students were amazing,” said GWG music director Janine Webster in an email to The Progress.”The kids were so excited when it was announced they had won, the girls were crying and the boys were beaming.”Seventeen students from GWG participated, competing against 18 other bands from Oregon, Washington and B.C. They played three songs which included Count Bubba’s Revenge by Gordon Goodwin; In a Sentimental Mood by Mike Tomaro; and Tall Cotton by Sammy Nestico.The Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival is a four-day festival that has hosted thousands of student musicians from around the world. It included student performances, workshops, clinics and world-class evening concerts.”It is amazing that we won as this is a well respected and excellent festival which attracts the best jazz musicians,” said Webster. “This has really made the kids feel good about themselves and realize that hard work does pay off. They are even more motivated now and want to keep playing and working together.”The festival ran from Feb. 24 to 27.