Sweet sound of success; Friday Harbor students honored at Lionel Hampton Jazz Fest

From left; Friday Harbor High School
From left; Friday Harbor High School's Guthrie Burnett-Tison, Grace Willows and Nelson Wynn, 'Noteworthy Recognition' winners at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, a 4-day juried event at the University of Idaho featuring band students from 130 schools.
— image credit: Contributed photo/FHHS

Not everyone was on the ski slopes over mid-winter break.

Members of the Friday Harbor High School Jazz Band not only participated in the annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, a four-day juried event, Feb. 19-22, at the University of Idaho, but three came home with festival honors.

Among the soloists awarded "Noteworthy Recognition" by festival judges are Friday Harbor's Guthrie Burnett-Tison, for his flute solo in Chick Corea's "Spain", Grace Willows, for a clarinet solo in Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man", and Nelson Wynn, for guitar solo in "Catching the Sun" by Spyro Gyra.

"I'm so proud I could burst," high school band director Sarah Bost said. "Our band students handled themselves with professionalism and total enthusiasm."

Billed as the “largest educational jazz festival in the world”, this year's Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival featured band's from 130 schools, with more than 2,000 students participating; 200 soloists were recognized by the judges.

At the festival a year ago, Friday Harbor trumpeter Michael Hoeller, then a sophomore, earned the distinction of “Outstanding Young Artist” for his performance of Duke Ellington’s “Echoes of Harlem.”

Click on this link for more about the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.



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