On Friday, March 1, the Plymouth High School Jazz Ensembles went head-to-head with other schools in the annual Indiana State School Music Association’s annual jazz contest under the direction of band director Bryan Ames.
Ames said that this year, the school took two groups to the competition: both their full jazz ensemble and jazz combo group gave outstanding performances, earning the top-rated gold awards. The jazz combo performed first, playing two Latin selections featuring improvisational solos by senior guitar player Jacob Harley.
Later in the evening, the jazz ensemble took to the stage and performed two swing pieces with a large saxophone section featuring six alto saxophones, two tenors, and two baritones. Ames said that this year, he wanted to make sure that the school highlighted their saxophone section during the performance. Sophomore Konnor Boomhour-Smith was featured as a guitar soloist with the ensemble, and Ames commended him on his performance at contest.
The school is now that much closer to earning the prestigious state “All-Music Award,” having completed three of the four requirements to earn the recognition – an honor they have received for the past nine consecutive years. As the bands prepare for the ISSMA concert band contest scheduled for April 19, the students feel the burning drive to earn the award every year for a decade straight.
Members of the jazz combo included Kaitlin Coombs, Aiden Osman, Charity Fish, Sarah Tanner, McKenzie Goble, and Ian Rettig on saxophones. The rhythm section was made up of Patrick Gouverneur on the drums, Jacob Harley on guitar, and Chandler Price on the bass guitar.
The rest of the jazz ensemble included Dixie Wilkinson, Charity Fish, Jessica Beagle, Aiden Osman, Kaitlin Coombs, and Marissa Hill on alto saxes; Sarah Tanner and McKenzie Goble on tenor saxes; Ian Rettig and Katie Bowling on baritone saxes; Shelby Haisley, Traci Longanecker, and Eric Burch on trumpets; Kevin Bachman, LeaAnna Miller, and Jack Garrison on trombones; Taylor Scott and Blake Carbaugh-Keefe as auxiliary percussion; Patrick Gouverneur on the drums; Jacob Harley, Eric Fogle, and Konnor Boomhour-Smith on guitar; and Chandler Price on the bass guitar.