The GHS Jazz Band once again won superior ratings recently, winning first runner-up in the OSAA State Jazz Band Contest Class 4A on Tuesday, April 28th at Oklahoma Christina University in Edmond.
No only was the band awarded a first runner-up plaque, it captured the OSSAA Sweepstakes Accent Award. This award is presented only to the band receiving Superior ratings from the OSSAA state competitions for marching, concert, and jazz ensembles.
The band performed Count Bubba, Witchcraft, SWonderful and Storm Zone.
Outstanding soloists were Tyler Linn trumpet; Jordan Wilhelm trombone; Stephanie Killion Alto Saxophone; Heather Lungren vocalist; Josh Wilhelm and Joseph Craven percussion, and Joseph Craven vibraphone.
Congratulations, Jazz Band, we are proud of you, said Director Joe Wilhelm.
The band has won state championships in 1981, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, and 2001.
The band has also placed at state in 1983 first runner-up; 1989 first runner-up; 1990 second runner-up; 1992 first runner-up; 2002 first runner-up; 2003 second runner-up, and 2004 first runner-up.
In addition, the band received the OSSAA Sweepstakes Accent Award in 2008.
Members of the 2004 State Award winning Jazz Band are: Tyler Linn trumpet; Jordan Teel trumpet; Tyler Lane trumpet; Wade Flynn trumpet; Jordan Wilhelm trombone; Patrick Malone trombone; Stephen Whitesell trombone; Aaron Hodges trombone; Bethany Bledsoe trombone; Stephanie Killion alto saxophone; Krystal Thomas alto saxophone; Morgann Lenhart alto saxophone; Sophie Smith tenor saxophone; Lea Brewer tenor saxophone; Hannah Zych tenor saxophone; Brandon Holdsworth baritone saxophone; Charlie Brewer baritone saxophone; Joseph Craven drums; Josh Wilhelm drums; James Thornton drums; Kirby Williams bass guitar; Theron Asbery bass guitar; Heather Lungren vocal, piano, and Matt Gallman piano.