Sixth place seen as victory at Iowa Jazz Championships

The CFHS Jazz Band won sixth place in the Iowa Jazz Championships at the Des Moines Civic Center last Tuesday, April 10. CFHS also had six jazz band members recognized as outstanding solo performers. Seniors Ian Abbott on alto saxophone, Nathaniel Welshons on trombone, along with juniors Ann Fienup on piano, Bennett Ford on drums and Caleb Vander Wiel on trombone were all recognized.

They competed against 14 other 4A high schools. Waukee won first place in class 4A, followed by Valley 1 and Southeast Polk. After not placing in the top 50 percent in the 2011 competition, sixth place was seen as a victory for Cedar Falls High School.

“Champs overall was really fun. We heard a lot of really great bands. We played really fantastically. I’m really happy to be a part of this group. We’re a really high level of musicianship and it showed,” Fienup said.

“We performed really well, probably the best we’ve done all year,” Welshons said.

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