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Penn Advanced Jazz Ensemble qualifies for State Finals

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Penn High School’s Advanced Jazz Ensemble qualified for the Indiana State Jazz Finals. The District Jazz Contest was held on Saturday, March 7.


“The past two years have been a period of tremendous growth for the Advanced Jazz Ensemble,” Penn High School music instructor Aaron Griesser said. “The group has now qualified for Indiana State Jazz Finals for two years in a row.


“I am extremely proud of all the hard work the students have put into the program,” Griesser said. “Our repertoire for ISSMA this year includes Roll 'Em by Mary Lou Williams, That Old Black Magic by Billy May, and Black Orpheus by Luiz Bonfa.”


The Indiana State Jazz Finals, scheduled to be held at North Central High School in Indianapolis, have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 National Emergency.




Alto Saxophone - Jonathan Forbes

Alto Saxophone - Julia Heidinger

Tenor Saxophone - Caleb Vrydaghs

Tenor Saxophone - Collin Waterbury

Baritone Saxophone - Nathaniel Clay

Trombone - Brad Ziegelmaier

Trombone - Pete Sullivan

Trombone - Quin Bast

Trombone - Becca Mattson

Trumpet - Michael Forry

Trumpet – D.J. Pennix

Trumpet - Caden Miller

Trumpet - Derek Reinhardt

Trumpet - Frank Bell

Guitar - Monica Hunt

Guitar – J.R. Roach

Piano - Phillip Matous

Bass - Peter Campeau

Drums & Percussion - Brian Oke

Drums & Percussion - Blain Wandling

Vibraphone - Ben Reed

Vocals - Madison Jackson