Manti jazz band gets top ratings, qualifies for state

Tim Kidder, music instructor at North Sanpete High School, directs the jazz band at the regional jazz band competition at Manti High School. The saxophone soloist is Lucy Quinn. North Sanpete came in second in the event.

Manti jazz band gets top ratings, qualifies for state


By Suzanne Dean




MANTI—Manti High School received top ratings and qualified for state competition during the 3A Region 15 jazz festival last week at Manti High School.

North Sanpete came in second with slightly lower ratings than Manti.

Besides Manti and North Sanpete, participating high schools were Grand, Emery and Richfield.

Judges could award ratings of “superior,” “excellent,” “good,” and “fair.” If the overall jazz band qualified for a rating, but one aspect was deficient, judges could give minuses.

Manti got “superiors” with no minuses from two judges and a superior with one minus from one judge.

North Sanpete got a superior with no minuses from one judge and superiors with minuses from two other judges.

The judges were Matt Weidner, music instructor at Gunnison Valley High School; Brent Appolonie, a retired music teacher from the Wasatch Front; and Chris Wilson, who taught band at Herriman High School and is now working on a doctorate in saxophone performance at the University of Utah.

The state jazz festival will be March 21-23 at Murray High School.