The Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA) 1A/3A 2013 Jazz Band Festival was hosted at Union High School on January 12. A total of eleven jazz bands performed throughout the day, including Union Jazz Band I and Union Jazz Band II, directed by Michael Bistline. Other competitors included jazz bands from Dunkerton, Turkey Valley, Hampton-Dumont, Waverly-Shell Rock, Decorah, Webster City and West Delaware.
Each jazz band performed three selections before a panel of judges. Union Jazz Band II received a Division II rating from all of the judges and Union Jazz Band I received Division I from all of the judges.
"I felt the contest was a complete success! Both bands played very well and their scores were a reflection of their hard work. The kids have worked very hard this winter and I'm very pleased at the progress they have been making," said Bistline.
Above, Union Jazz Band member Travis Heth performs a solo on trumpet. Below, the Union?Jazz Band II performs three selections before a panel of judges. At left, many of the lockers were decorated with signs with school spirit, cheering on the Union Jazz Band members. Far left, Jadin Henning performs a solo on her tenor sax.
Union Jazz Band I will be working towards another contest on February 15 at UNI. Both bands will be concluding the season at the District Contest in Vinton on March 2. Congratulations to both Union jazz bands!