Whiz Kids: Samohi Jazz Band and Jazz Combo

If you’re informed with Santa Monica High School to any degree, you’ve no doubt been told that a propagandize has one of a best song programs in a country. Want proof? Look no serve than a Samohi Jazz Band and Jazz Combo’s vast successes progressing this month.

On Mar. 5, a dual song squads took home a store of trophies after competing during a 43rd annual Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival in Boston. The groups achieved in Division 1, a toughest bracket; it consists of schools with during slightest 1,500 enrolled students.

Under a instruction of Tom Whaley, a visible and performing-arts coordinator for a Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, a Jazz Band came in initial in a vast garb category, while a Jazz Combo nabbed a bullion in a tiny garb category.

In terms of particular performances, a Outstanding Musicianship Award went to lead wail actor Eli Brown.

Meanwhile, guitarist Jake Noveck and pianist Steven Gordon were famous as a tip soloists during a festival, regardless of division. (By a by, Gordon is a past Santa Monica Patch Whiz Kid.) Noveck warranted initial place in a big-band soloist category, with Gordon entrance in second; Gordon was a tip jazz-combo soloist, and Noveck was a runner-up.

In light of their successes, Samohi perceived 7 scholarships to Berklee’s five-week summer jazz program—more than any other school.

Want to suggest a immature chairman who has done unusual accomplishments in a Santa Monica community, for underline in “Whiz Kid”? Drop a line to Kurt.Orzeck@patch.com.

Past Whiz Kids:

Leaders of Samohi’s Gay Straight Alliance

Boys Girls Club MVP Brittany Quach

Steven Gordon and His Grammys Adventure

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