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GCHS Group Qualifies For Iowa Jazz Band Championships

The Glenwood Community High School Jazz Band has qualified for the Iowa Jazz Championships (IJC) for the seventh year.

The Iowa Jazz Championships are a unique event that brings together 60 of Iowa’s finest high school jazz ensembles to Des Moines for a day of jazz each April. The event was founded by Iowa High School Jazz educators 35 years ago and it continues to be an important event on the high school band landscape each year.

Automatic invitations are issued to the first- and second-place bands in each class of the six district jazz festivals in the state. The IJC Board of Directors meets in March to determine the three wildcard bands in each class to fill the rest of the field.

So far this year the Glenwood High School Jazz band has received a division I rating at the IHSMA Jazz Competition, second place at the Bluffs Jazz Festival, and second place at the Dick Bauman District Jazz Festival, which qualified the group for the Iowa Jazz Championships.

Taylor Rodgers, Kyle Krohn, Sarah Karjala, Andrew Tallman, Annika Baake and Ryan Hansen have all received awards for outstanding musicianship at the district festival.

The Glenwood band has placed in the top 10 each of the previous six years at IJC and is looking for a top five placing this year.

The event is being held at the Polk County Convention Complex in Des Moines.