April 28, 2014 (Independence, IA) – On April 8th, the Independence Mustang Jazz Bands ended their long day of competition on a very high note, winning not one, but two spots in the top 8 at the Iowa High School Jazz Championship.
The Championship was held at the Community Choice Credit Union at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines. After state and regional competitions, 15 area high school jazz bands qualified to compete at this championship level. Two bands from each district are eligible to attend and three “wild card” bands are chosen by a panel of judges to join. The Indee Jazz bands took first and second place at the district competition; both earning automatic invitations to the championship competition.
Out of the 15 bands that performed at the championship, the Mustang’s Jazz Orchestra placed 1st and Jazz Ensemble placed 6th. This is the 8th time that the Mustangs have placed first at the Iowa High School Jazz Championship; they have placed in the top four since 2000.
When describing the event, Band Director David Lang uses the analogy, “It’s like the JV and Varsity team both making it to the state competition, and winning! Such an awesome achievement for all.”
The panel of judges noted that the ICSD’s Jazz band stood out because they presented pieces of music that were sophisticated and intricate, they included woodwind doubling (the practice of musicians playing more than one woodwind instrument), displayed great rhythm, had outstanding soloists and offered the “whole package”.