EWHS jazz musicians, vocalists selected for All-State; E-W Jazz Night set for Nov. 28


Edmonds-Woodway High School jazz band musicians and vocalists are among those who have been selected statewide to play in the Washington Music Educators Association All-State Honor Jazz Groups in February.

According to Jake Bergevin, EWHS music department chair and bands director, the students will join other outstanding high school student musicians in the WMEA event in Yakima Feb. 15-18. A total of 2,090 students auditioned and 1,030 were selected to rehearse and perform in concert under the direction of world-renowned conductors.

In addition, the selected musicians will be among those performing during EWHS Jazz Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 in the school theatre.

“Many professional musicians credit their All-State experience as crucial in their decision to choose music as a career,” Bergevin said. “Thousands of others whose career paths took them in other directions have great memories of participating in this inspiring and motivating musical experience and claim that it was a life-changing experience for them.”

Well-known Washingtonians who have participated in past years’ WMEA All-State groups include Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist David Horsey (formerly of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and now with the LA Times), 2008 National Teacher of the Year Andrea Peterson, and jazz saxophonist Kenny G.

EWHS jazz musicians include:
Stuart Harrison – Tenor Saxophone – Jazz Band
Miriel McFarland – Drums – Jazz Choir
Rodney Ocfemia – Double Bass – Jazz Band
Natalie Whitlock – Alto Saxophone – Jazz Band
Nebee Yohannes – Piano – Jazz Choir
EWHS jazz vocalists include:
Klara Adams – Soprano 1 Vocal Jazz – Jazz Choir
Joshua Anderson – Tenor 2–Vocal Jazz – Jazz Choir
Mikala Kim – Alto 2 Vocal Jazz – Jazz Choir
Dominic Nye – Bass 1 Vocal Jazz – Jazz Choir
Dana Salazar – Soprano 2 Vocal Jazz – Jazz Choir
Rodney Ocfemia – String Bass – NWACDA Honor Jazz Choir

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