(Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
The Pieces of Jazz group performed "Ain't Misbehavin,'" "Time After Time" and the James Bond Theme during a morning session. The school's Chromatic Jazz ensemble performed "Sir Duke," "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" and "Heartbreaker" in the afternoon.
"They do not get scored for this event. It is an educational clinic," SHS choir director Katie Kardell said. "Both Chromatic Jazz and Pieces of Jazz had a great day working with clinician Dr. Jane Andrews from Wartburg College. She worked on jazz specific-diction, vowel unification, and dynamic contrast with Pieces of Jazz."
Kardell said Andrews also worked on making the Chromatic Jazz ballad more story-like while also complimenting them on their vocal blend and pitch accuracy.
Pieces of Jazz is under the direction of Christina Pierce, and Kardell directs Chromatic Jazz.
Both groups will perform next at the Iowa High School Music Association's State Contest on Feb. 4 at the Spirit Lake High School Sami Center at 7:40 a.m. and 8:52 a.m. respectively.
The festival involved high school and junior high show choirs and jazz choirs Tuesday and Wednesday. Beginning today, high school and junior high jazz bands will compete for placement in four classes at the Iowa Lakes Community College annual Jazz Band Contest. Bands will also be given valuable feedback from experienced judges.
Okoboji, Sioux Cental and Ruthven-Ayrshire high schools will participate.