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he G.W. Graham Senior Jazz Band from G.W. Graham Secondary School in Chilliwack, British Columbia took top honors on Feb. 24 at the University of Idaho’s 2018 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.

After a full day of competition, the G.W. Graham Senior Jazz Band, a large ensemble directed by Shane Monkman, was named the ‘B” High School Instrumental Ensemble Winner.  

As a top instrumental ensemble, the group performed at the Young Artist’s Winners Concert this evening, competing against six schools to be named as the overall sweepstakes winner for the festival. Top honors went to the Jazz Band I from Edmonds-Woodway High School in Edmonds, Washington, who was presented with a rotating trophy for the year and will receive a free entry to the 2019 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

“With an increase in student performers and schools in attendance at this year’s festival, the competition was very strong,” said Vanessa Sielert, director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music in U of I’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. “It is great to see so much enthusiasm for music, especially the art form of jazz, all here on the University of Idaho campus where we have such a strong history of jazz education.”

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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