HOT COMPETITIONS. COOL PERFORMANCES.
January 27 was a day to remember at Clark College. The college marked the final day of the 45th annual Clark College Jazz Festival and hosted the Regional High School VICA/Skills USA Machining and Welding Contest.
The 45th Annual Clark College Jazz Festival
Fifty-two jazz bands and 24 vocal jazz ensembles representing schools ranging in size from class A to class AAAA competed for trophies and bragging rights.
The jazz festival was especially memorable for Kelly Campbell, who played lead trombone for Evergreen High School. Kelly is a second generation jazz festival participant. His mother Adrianne and dad Bill both took part in the 1977 Jazz Festival. Bill played for The Dalles High School; Adrianne played for Wenatchee.
|Evergreen's lead trombonist Kelly Campbell (above left) was a second generation jazz festival performer. His mother Adrianne (with Kelly in the photo above right) played for Wenatchee in 1977.|
When the judging had been completed, Seattle's Mountlake Terrace High School took top honors at the jazz festival, winning its division and sweepstakes honors in the three-day competition.
Vancouver's Evergreen High School won second place in its division, which included Mountlake Terrace. "I am really impressed with the level of musicianship from these schools," Clark College band director Dave Parker told The Columbian newspaper.
Jazz Band Results
Students from area high schools – including Battle Ground, Centralia, Evergreen, La Center, Mountain View, Prairie, and Washougal – participated in the day-long competition.
The winners advance to the state contest, which will be held in Tacoma in April.
|Above left: Machinists and welders tested their skills. Above right: Clark College interim President Bob Knight (right) congratulates one of the Regional VICA participants.|