Edmonds-Woodway Jazz Ensembles honored at Lionel Hampton Festival Saturday


Edmonds-Woodway and Mountlake Terrace high schools received recognition on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the University of Idaho’s 2018 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

After a full day of competition, two large ensembles from Edmonds-Woodway High School — the Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II — were named winners in the AA High School Instrumental Ensemble division. Both groups are directed by Jake Bergevin.

In addition, the Jazz Ensemble I from Mountlake Terrace High School, directed by Darin Faul, received honorable mention honors in the AAAA High School Instrumental Ensemble division.

On Friday, two EWHS students took top honors in the festival. You can read more about that here

As divisional winners, the two groups from Edmonds-Woodway High School performed at the Young Artist’s Winners Concert this evening, competing against five other schools to be named as the overall sweepstakes winner for the festival. Top honors went to the Edmonds-Woodway Jazz Ensemble I, who was presented with a rotating trophy for the year and will receive a free entry to the 2019 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

The festival, in its 51st year, features two days of student competitions, workshops and clinics on the University of Idaho campus. More than 4,127 students from 141 elementary, middle and high schools, as well as college and universities, are participating from around the region, including schools from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, Canada.

Performances from the Young Artist’s Winners Concert will be available on the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival’s YouTube channel at the conclusion of the festival.



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