The Storm Lake High School Jazz Band will be performing in the annual Iowa Jazz championships on Tuesday, April 3, in Des Moines.
The band will perform in a field of 15 select Class 3A ensembles at the Des Moines Convention Center. The SLHS Jazz Band will be performing at 9:30 a.m. in the lower level of the center.
The field of 15 bands is determined through the following process. The six Iowa districts are represented by two bands from each class who earned the top two spots through district qualification at a designated contest. A pool of quality non-qualifying bands is also established because of their contest records and overall musical performance level. From that pool, for each enrollment class size, three to four wild card invitations are issued from the Iowa Association of Jazz Educators selection board. This year, the Storm Lake Jazz Band received one of the three wild card invitations issued.
In January, the SLHS Jazz Band received a Division I rating at the Iowa High School Music Association State Jazz Band Festival, hosted at Spirit Lake. They then earned a third place trophy at the Iowa Lakes Community College Jazz Band Contest behind Waseca, Minn. and the Spirit Lake Jazz Bands. In February at the Morningside College Jazz Band Festival, which is the Northwest Iowa qualification site, the band earned a fifth place overall finish and third place for Northwest Iowa behind the MOC-Floyd Valley and Spirit Lake bands.
Part of the justification for the wild card berth was due to the fact that the SLHS band placed above MOC-Floyd Valley at the ILCC contest and had received very high scores at all the festivals.
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