Hockinson High School band brings home wins from jazz festivals


Hockinson High School musicians brought home numerous awards from jazz festivals in Portland and Pasco. 

On April 13 at the University of Portland Jazz Festival the Hockinson High School Jazz Band won first place for sight reading, Karl Drendel was named an outstanding division soloist on guitar, and Jesse Smith, Jack Broer and Alexander Lee also received recognition for their solo work.

The next day the student musicians took their show on the road with the Hockinson High School Wind Ensemble to the Columbia Basin College Jazz Unlimited festival. The Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble took second place among the AA division bands, Shannon Dally received an outstanding musicianship award on the oboe and Karl Drendel was named an outstanding soloist on guitar.