Spring Forward with Jazz

HMS middle school jazz ensemble practicing in the band room.

Hudson Middle School Jazz Ensemble students have been busy learning and showcasing their work. This week, the students hosted a donuts and jazz event in the morning to raise money for the Middle School’s Angel Fund. It was a double early morning treat with donuts and some lively music to start the day!

Additionally, the 45 member Jazz Ensemble participated in the annual UWRF Jazz Festival. The ensemble performed three pieces for a master educator. As part of the festival, students received constructive feedback on their performance and progress as young jazz musicians. The festival clinician this year was Phil Ostrander. He is the professor of trombone and bands at UW-Eau Claire. Hudson students performed with greatness and received very positive feedback from Dr. Ostrander.

HMS jazz ensemble performing on UW River Falls stage.
After their performance, students were able to watch two other schools perform and receive feedback from the clinicians. There were approximately 15 other bands in attendance from around the state and metro area.
Following this experience, the Jazz Ensemble listened to Ingrid Jensen, a very famous Canadian trumpet player, offer a clinic on jazz improvisation. All schools were able to watch Ingrid perform with the UWRF Jazz Ensemble. This festival was an exciting and inspiring event for all!
At the conclusion of this day, HMS student, Isabel Laurel, was awarded a Jazz Scholarship to attend a jazz band camp at Shell Lake Arts Center this summer. Isabel was nominated for this scholarship by Dr. Ostrander. Isabel performed multiple improvised solos during the morning of the festival.