Congratulations to the Cherokee Jazz Band for being one of only two schools awarded a Gold rating at the NJAJE State Jazz Preliminaries. Cherokee hosted the event on Wednesday, March 6th in the school's Performing Arts Center.
The Chiefs also won Outstanding Trumpet section. And, senior Bryana Crockett won the soloist award for percussion.
This event was one of a series of five jazz preliminary competitions, or "prelims", held at various schools around New Jersey. Throughout the five prelims, 60 to 70 schools audition for the opportunity to be one of the top nine scoring bands that go on to a final round held later this spring.
In this final round, the top three bands from each division are given the honor to perform at the New Jersey State Jazz Ensemble Gala, which is sponsored by the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE). This is a non-competitive concert with special awards for soloists and sections.
Prelim results will be released some time the week of March 11th.
Thanks to Vinny Goffin for the recording of their performance.