KHS Scores Big in State-Wide Jazz and Vocal Competition


Diana Gish/KMXT

The Kodiak High School Jazz Band under the direction of Michael Remy took first place at Alaska’s state-wide music festival in Anchorage.

Deb Holden-Engvall is the mother of one of the young musicians who wowed the festival judges over the weekend. She took part as a chaperone and watched Kodiak’s vocal and instrumental entries in the festival. She said that listening to the judges’ feedback was one of the best parts of the experience.

(KHS Jazz Band 1 "One of the … just came alive.")

Before the high school jazz band took state honors, they prepared by playing concerts here in Kodiak.

(KHS Jazz Band 2 "And I was … it was amazing.")

The current high school music students are ones that managed to hold on to music education without getting to take classroom music in elementary and middle school. Holden-Engvall noted that there were many other families who weren’t able to provide music lessons for their children.

When the district’s K through 12 music students put on three nights of concerts this spring, she said it marked the end of what’s been called a "music drought."

(KHS Jazz Band 3 "and it was … think its awesome.")

On Sunday, a tired and excited Remy said only that the students’ accomplishments this weekend were "pretty cool." He’s eager to have the student’s themselves talk about their achievements. In the meantime, Holden-Engvall spoke on their behalf.

(KHS Jazz Band 4 "Just a top … of great kids.")

The Kodiak High School Jazz band competed with 10 other bands from across the state on their way to the top rating. The high honor earned them a spot in the festival’s "command performance" concert with Alaska’s best music students. Also receiving a top honor this weekend was Hazel De La Santos who took first place as a vocal soloist.

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