The Traditions Continues: Jazz Band Jouney to State

by sophomore Abby Gaudian

The Hudson High School Jazz Band competed against 14 other teams from around the state and brought home fourth place from the Iowa Jazz Championships.

In addition, junior Emily Boote and senior Andrew Olsen were awarded “Best Soloist” honors.

The 21-member band started practicing every Monday night from 8-9:30 p.m. and Thursday mornings from 7-7:45 a.m. since the beginning of October. But they knew excellence demanded more.

“They have been putting in extra time this year- adding more practices in over the weekly practices,” said director Nicole Davis. Every couple weeks they would have sectional practices where sections of the band would be split up and come in for lessons with Davis.

They had their first competition the Jazz band Tall Corn Festival on Feb. 16th, where they took home first place for the second year in a row.

Two weeks later, they competed against five other bands at the NEIBA District Jazz Festival on March 3rd. The band took home first place and Lisbon followed with second place, earning both a spot at state.

“(Hudson has) made it to the Iowa Jazz Championships for the past eight years in a row, (so) they were excited to keep the tradition,” said Davis.

Not only did the band earn a first place win at NIEBA, but Boote was also recognized as an “Outstanding Soloist.”

After months of hard work and success, the Hudson jazz band walked away from state with what they wanted most.

“Our main goal this year was to get better, but have fun while doing it, and that’s what we did,” said senior Drake Noel.

courtesy photo from Carrie Brown