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Jazz Bands Take Awards at Coe and Indian Hills

February 24, 2014
Mt Pleasant High School



Jazz bands from Mount Pleasant High School participated in two contests this past weekend, with Jazz I taking top honors at the Indian Hills Jazz Fest at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa and Jazz II placing second in class 3A Second Bands at the Coe Jazz Summit at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

Aminn Ellis, a freshman Bari Saxophone player and Levi Boston-Kemple, junior trumpeter, each received Outstanding Musician awards at the Coe Jazz Summit, while Anna Steffensmeier, trombone, won an Outstanding Soloist honor at the Indian Hills Jazz Fest.

Both jazz bands will be taking part in the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association (SEIBA) District Jazz Festival hosted by Iowa City West High School on March 8.

Mount Pleasant’s Jazz I is directed by Jim DePriest and Jazz II is directed by Laura Westfall.


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