Jazz ensemble wins magazine award

Jazz ensemble wins magazine award

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Jared Yakel plays the saxophone along with the Oregon Jazz Ensemble in the Oregon Jazz Festival at the LCC Ragozzino Performance Hall on Friday, Jan 23.
Photo: August Frank
Jared Yakel plays the saxophone along with the Oregon Jazz Ensemble in the Oregon Jazz Festival at the LCC Ragozzino Performance Hall on Friday, Jan 23.Photo: August Frank

Jared Yakel plays the saxophone along with the Oregon Jazz Ensemble in the Oregon Jazz Festival at the LCC Ragozzino Performance Hall on Friday, Jan 23.
Photo: August Frank

The Lane Jazz Ensemble was named a winner in the 38th annual DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards. This is the first year community colleges have been included as a category and the Lane Jazz Ensemble won the large ensemble competition.

The magazine, established in Chicago in 1934 is dedicated to “jazz, blues and beyond.” The competition recognizes middle school, high school and college students for their hard work and musical abilities.

Judges are professional musicians and educators. Entries are judged based on musicianship, creativity, improvisation, technique, sound quality and balance, excitement and authority.

Under the direction of Paul Krueger, the Lane Jazz Ensemble members rehearse throughout the year and perform for audiences several times each term. The ensemble will be in concert Friday, June 5, at 7:30pm in the Ragozzino Performance Hall on Lane’s main campus.

Information supplied by Lane administration and redacted for content by The Torch.