Bobcats Jazz Band musicians earn impressive rating at state-level event

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MHS Associate Band Director Christian Loaiza takes a selfie with Bobcats Jazz Band students after their performance Monday evening.

The sounds of saxophones, bass guitar, trombones, trumpets, the piano and more filled the Community Auditorium Monday evening as Marshalltown High School Jazz Band students performed during the IHSMA State Jazz Festival.

The more than three dozen students played for a panel of judges during the festival. Their hard work and display of musical talent earned both the Jazz I and Jazz II groups an impressive Division 2 state rating from the judges.

“I think the kids had a lot of fun and they loved being part of Jazz,” said MHS Associate Band Director Christian Loaiza. 

The Marshalltown Jazz Band was joined at the state festival by bands from the school districts of Green Mountain-Garwin, Roland-Story, Ballard, South Hamilton and Iowa Falls-Alden. All were playing for the highest possible state rating from the panel of judges Monday evening.

Check out these photos from the State Jazz Festival:

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Trumpet soloist Jack Elsberry shows his musical talent.

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MHS Jazz Band trumpeters and trombonists play at Monday’s festival. Back row, from left: Wesley Kodis, Gio Gomez, and Jack Elsberry; front row, from left: Jolee Aragon, Ellie Seberger, and Cesar Corona.

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Pianist Josh Reynolds concentrates on his craft at Monday’s performance.

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Saxophone soloist Carlos Mendoza takes the spotlight at Monday’s State Jazz Festival.