The Grove High School Jazz Ensemble has been chosen to perform at the 67th Annual Conference of the Oklahoma Music Educators’ Association next week and area residents can get a free preview of the concert on Sunday at the United Methodist Church.
“It’s a great honor for the group,” said Director Joe Wilhelm.
The Grove band was chosen from among dozens of high school bands that submitted CD recordings for consideration.
Grove’s band program is one of the foremost in the state. For the past 28 years, under Wilhelm’s direction, students have earned numerous accolades, including being chosen as Class 3A State Champions for 10 years running between 1991 and 2001.
The band has also placed in several national competitions in places like Florida; Toronto, Canada; Hawaii; New York City, and Boston.
The Grove Band Department offers band classes beginning at the fifth grade level. Jr. High Jazz Band includes seventh through ninth grades.
Grove High school students have a choice of Marching, Concert, and Jazz bands.
Middle School and High School Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands have all won in their classes at numerous competitions. They consistently receive Superior Ratings at district level and Sweepstakes at state level contests. The bands are under the direction of Wilhelm and Ray Nimmo.
Wilhelm and Nimmo both have extensive experience, which shows in the superior achievements of their students.
This year the Grove High School Jazz Ensemble includes Stephanie Killion, Brandon Holdsworth, Krystal Thomas, and Morgann Lenhart – Alto Saxophone; All-State Jazz Band Member Tyler Linn, Jordan Teel, Tyler Lane, and Wade Flynn – Trumpets; Sophie Smith, Lea Brewer, and Hannah Zych – Tenor Saxophones; Charlie Brewer – Bari Saxophone; All-State Concert Band Member Jordan Wilhelm, Patrick Malone, Stephen Whitesell, All-State Orchestra Member Aaron Hodges, and Bethany Bledsoe – Trombones; Heather Lungren and All-State Concert Band Member Matthew Gallman – Piano; Kirby Williams and Theron Asbery – Bass, and Josh Wilhelm, Joseph Craven, and James Thornton – Drums.
Local residents are encouraged to attend the free concert Sunday at the United Methodist Church in the west wing. The concert begins at 4:00.
The band will be playing for the conference at the Tulsa Convention Center, Assembly Hall on Thursday, January 29th at 8:30 p.m.