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Swingin’ Success: BOHS Jazz Band Takes The Stage

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BOHS Jazz Club performs at the Irvine High School Jazz Festival on March 16.

Sounds of jazz reverberated through the Irvine High School Student Center at the Irvine High Jazz Festival, where BOHS’s Jazz Band performed on March 16.

Both the Jazz Combo (members of BOHS’ Jazz Band Class) and the Jazz Club (including musicians who are not in the class) performed, each earning fifth place in their respective categories within the Intermediate Green Division.

BOHS was one of 27 high schools that performed at the annual festival.

Jazz Combo performed standards “Time Will Tell,” “Foggy Day,” and “Caravan,” while Jazz Club performed renditions of “C Jam Blues,” “Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Oasis,” and “Keep It Straight.”

The festival also featured performances by the California State University, Long Beach Concert Jazz Orchestra and Saddleback College Big Band.

James Charrette, director of instrumental music, said of the day-long event: “Both groups performed very well and it was really fun to go and watch other schools, especially [the] colleges. It was great for the students to experience the next level of jazz performance.”

Seniors Amanda Simental, Danica Alejo, Luke Van Wye, Adrian Sanchez, Joshua Moreno, and Micheal Larsen, and sophomore Gabriel Linares, were recognized as top soloists within their division during the awards ceremony.

Simental was additionally awarded “Most Outstanding Soloist” for her performances on flute and baritone saxophone.

“Our band is full of amazing musicians — especially amazing soloists — so it was an honor to be recognized among everyone who had performed at the festival,” Simental said.

Up next for Jazz Band is a festival at Workman High School on March 29.

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Ellie Segura, senior, is excited to begin her first year on staff as Opinion Editor and amplify the student voice of BOHS through journalism. At school, Ellie is involved in Speech and Debate, Academic Decathlon, Robotics, Rotary Interact, Spanish Club, and NHS. Off campus, Ellie represents the K-12 population of BOUSD as the student board representative and is committed to serve the community and improve student life across all BOUSD schools. An avid fan of TV, Ellie’s all-time favorite production is the comedic series, The Good Place. When not writing and editing pieces, Ellie spends her spare time entertaining her cat, Schmidt, reading books, and practicing the clarinet.
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