On March 24-26, the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (AUJO) had several performances in Pennsylvania as part of their annual tour. The tour began in Butler, PA for the state's district V's annual honor band event. Jazz Orchestra director Dr. Scott Garlock gave a clinic on jazz improvisation and scatting and after a short break, AUJO performed a concert for approximately 250 students and 70 band directors.
The following day, the Wingnuts (AU's top jazz combo) placed third in the combo division at the 50th Villanova Jazz Festival. Student receiving individual awards were Aaron Hill, drums, and Trent Kimball, saxophone.
|Chris Simmons, Senior Trombonist|
|Trent Kimball, Junior Saxophonist|
On the Saturday of the same event, AUJO likewise placed third. This honor was a great accomplishment for the band, as there were seven bands participating, all of which came from much larger schools many sizes with large jazz programs. Our trombone section was also dubbed the “Best trombone section” at the festival, and again, this is a great honor for our students to win--to our knowledge, no section from A.U. has ever been accorded such recognition at a jazz festival. The trombone section members are Chris Simmons, John Grimm, Morgan Mirtes, Marisa Sanchez, and Jim Slike. Individual award winners were Chris Simmons, trombone; Aaron Hill, drums; and Jim Slike, bass trombone.