40th Northeast Community College Jazz Festival Awards

40th Northeast Community College Jazz Festival Awards
Courtesy of Northeast Community College. Hartington-Newcastle Jazz Band.

NORFOLK – A two-day Jazz Festival took place on the campus of Northeast Community College in late March and featured thousands of students making up close to 80 ensembles from approximately 50 schools across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

From the Cox Activities Center on the Northeast campus, the 40th Jazz Festival featured show and vocal jazz choirs to jazz bands from levels I through IV for middle and high school musicians. This marked a return of the Jazz Festival following two years off due to the pandemic.

Margaret Schultz, Northeast music instructor and festival director said “It was a great festival, and we were thrilled to be back making music and jazzing post-pandemic. It was delightful to have students from across the midwest back on campus for the festival.”

The two-day event, sponsored by the Northeast Music Department, drew 77 musical groups featuring 1,532 students from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. A total of 25 trophies were presented at the end of each competition over the two days for first, second, third, and fourth place as well as solo and instrumental awards.

Schultz added the Jazz Festival helps students develop as musicians and shows them what other schools are doing. She said the most rewarding part is the award ceremonies as recognition is given to the top four groups and an outstanding soloist in each category.

Schultz continued, “the hushed anticipation and then the cheers and applause for each group announced never gets old. The quality adjudication comments provide musicianship growth to both students and directors. All in all, the festival ran very smoothly due to the support of the College and the Northeast students who help work the festival. Those in attendance expressed their enjoyment and joy to be back listening to these young musicians.”

40th Annual Jazz Festival photos.


Level IV             Band                                                                                                                      City

1st Place           Norfolk Junior High #1                                                                                       Norfolk
2nd Place          Norfolk Junior High #2                                                                                       Norfolk
3rd Place           Norfolk Catholic                                                                                                 Norfolk

Outstanding Soloist: Brynn Sterud-Vibes, Norfolk Jr. High #1                                             Norfolk

Level IV             Show Choir                                                                                                        City

1st Place           Westridge Middle School                                                                                 Grand Island
2nd Place          Fremont Middle School                                                                                    Fremont
3rd Place           Norfolk Catholic Junior High                                                                           Norfolk
4th Place           Norfolk Junior High                                                                                           Norfolk

Outstanding Soloist: Caroline Love, Norfolk Catholic Jr. High                                             Norfolk

Level III              Band                                                                                                                        City

1st Place           Elk Point-Jefferson High School                                                                     Elk Point, SD
2nd Place          Pender Public School                                                                                      Pender
3rd Place           Ponca Public School                                                                                        Ponca
4th Place           Hartington-Newcastle High School                                                              Hartington

Outstanding Soloist: Henrik Nelson-Drums, Brownell Talbot                                            Omaha
Level III              Show Choir                                                                                                           City

1st Place           Bishop Neumann Catholic High School                                                       Wahoo
2nd Place          Ord High School                                                                                               Ord
3rd Place           Aquinas Catholic High School                                                                       David City
4th Place           Bloomfield Community School                                                                     Bloomfield

Outstanding Soloist: Deagan Puppe, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge                                      Laurel 


Level III              Vocal Jazz                                                                                                             City

1st Place           Brownell Talbot                                                                                                  Omaha
2nd Place          Stanton Community School                                                                             Stanton
3rd Place           Miller High School                                                                                             Miller, So. Dak.
4th Place           Ponca Public Schools                                                                                        Ponca

Outstanding Soloist: Alice Chan, Brownell Talbot                                                                 Omaha



Level II               Band                                                                                                                        City

1st Place           Glenwood Community School Gold I                                                           Glenwood, IA
2nd Place          Blair High School                                                                                                 Blair
3rd Place           Dakota Valley School District                                                                          North Sioux City, SD
4th Place           Pierce High School                                                                                              Pierce

Outstanding Soloist: Seth Andre-Guitar, Norris High School                                           Firth

Level II               Show Choir                                                                                                           City

1st Place           Seward High School                                                                                           Seward
2nd Place          York High School                                                                                                 York
3rd Place           Minden High School                                                                                          Minden
4th Place           Boyden-Hull Community School                                                                    Hull, IA

Outstanding Soloist: Leah Davis, York High School                                                             York


Level I                Band                                                                                                                        City

1st Place           Millard South High School #1                                                                          Omaha
2nd Place          Norfolk High School #1                                                                                     Norfolk
3rd Place           South Sioux City High School                                                                          South Sioux City
4th Place           Norfolk High School #2                                                                                     Norfolk

Outstanding Soloist: Tanner Miller-Bari Sax, South Sioux City High School                South Sioux City


Level I             Vocal Jazz                                                                                                                City

1st Place           Columbus High School – New World Singers                                              Columbus
2nd Place          Thomas Jefferson High School                                                                       Council Bluffs, IA
3rd Place           Columbus High School – Neptune’s Angels                                                 Columbus
4th Place           Glenwood Community School – Rhapsody in Gold                                  Glenwood, IA

Outstanding Soloist: Jenna Taylor, Columbus High School                                               Columbus


Level I                Show Choir                                                                                                           City

1st Place           Norfolk High School                                                                                           Norfolk
2nd Place          Denison High School                                                                                          Denison, IA
3rd Place           Thomas Jefferson High School                                                                       Council Bluffs, IA

Outstanding Soloist: Ali Gorman, Denison High School                                                     Denison, IA


NORTHEAST JAZZ FESTIVAL SUPERIOR (I)                                                           SHOW CHOIR RATINGS

School                                                                         Level                                                              City

Aquinas Catholic High School                                 III                                                                 David City
Bishop Neumann High School                                III                                                                 Wahoo
Bloomfield Community School                              III                                                                 Bloomfield
Boyden-Hull Community Schools                           II                                                                 Hull, Iowa
Cedar Catholic High School                                     III                                                                 Hartington
Denison High School                                                   I                                                                 Denison, Iowa
Fremont Middle School                                          IV                                                                 Fremont
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge                                       III                                                                 Laurel
Minden High School                                                   II                                                                 Minden
Norfolk Catholic Jr. High                                          IV                                                                 Norfolk
Norfolk Jr. High                                                           IV                                                                 Norfolk
Norfolk High School                                                     I                                                                 Norfolk
Seward High School                                                    II                                                                 Seward
Thomas Jefferson High School                                 I                                                                 Council Bluffs, Iowa
Wausa Public School                                                 IV                                                                 Wausa
Westridge Middle School                                        IV                                                                 Grand Island
York High School                                                         II                                                                 York


NORTHEAST JAZZ FESTIVAL SUPERIOR (I)                                                               JAZZ CHOIR RATINGS

School                                                                         Level                                                              City

Brownell Talbot                                                          III                                                                 Omaha
Columbus High School #1                                          I                                                                 Columbus
Columbus High School #2                                          I                                                                 Columbus
Columbus High School #3                                          I                                                                 Columbus
Glenwood Community School #1                            I                                                                 Glenwood, Iowa
Glenwood Community School #2                            I                                                                 Glenwood, Iowa
Miller High School                                                      III                                                                 Miller, So. Dak.
Stanton Community School                                    III                                                                 Stanton
Thomas Jefferson High School                                 I                                                                 Council Bluffs, Iowa


NORTHEAST JAZZ FESTIVAL SUPERIOR (I)                                                               JAZZ BAND RATINGS

School                                                                         Level                                                              City

Aurora High School #1                                              II                                                                  Aurora
Blair High School                                                         II                                                                 Blair
Brownell Talbot                                                          III                                                                 Omaha
Centennial High School                                            III                                                                 Utica
Dakota Valley School District                                   II                                                                 North Sioux City, So. Dak.
Elk Point-Jefferson Schools                                    III                                                                  Elk Point, So. Dak.
Hartington-Newcastle Schools                             III                                                                  Hartington
Homer Community School                                     III                                                                  Homer
Glenwood Community #1                                       II                                                                  Glenwood, Iowa
Glenwood Community #2                                       II                                                                  Glenwood, Iowa
Millard South High School #1                                  I                                                                   Omaha
Norfolk Jr. High School #1                                      IV                                                                  Norfolk
Norfolk High School #1                                              I                                                                   Norfolk
Norfolk High School #2                                             I                                                                   Norfolk
Norris High School                                                    II                                                                   Firth
Pender Public School                                              III                                                                   Pender
Pierce High School                                                    II                                                                   Pierce
Ponca Public Schools                                              III                                                                   Ponca
South Sioux City School                                           I                                                                   South Sioux City


NORTHEAST JAZZ FESTIVAL EXCELLENT (II)                                                          SHOW CHOIR RATINGS

School                                                                         Level                                                              City

Auburn Middle School                                           IV                                                                  Auburn
Centennial High School                                          III                                                                   Utica
Elk Point-Jefferson High School                           III                                                                   Elk Point, So. Dak.
Elkhorn Valley Jr. High School                              IV                                                                  Tilden
Elkhorn Valley High School                                   III                                                                   Tilden
Holdrege High School                                              II                                                                   Holdrege
Norfolk Catholic High School                               III                                                                   Norfolk
Ord High School                                                       III                                                                   Ord
Wilber-Clatonia High School                                III                                                                   Wilber


NORTHEAST JAZZ FESTIVAL EXCELLENT (II)                                                                JAZZ CHOIR RATINGS

School                                                                         Level                                                              City

Ponca Public Schools                                              III                                                                   Ponca


NORTHEAST JAZZ FESTIVAL EXCELLENT (II)                                                                JAZZ BAND RATINGS

School                                                                         Level                                                              City

Allen Consolidated Schools                                 III                                                                    Allen
Aurora High School #2                                            II                                                                    Aurora
Bloomfield Community School                           III                                                                    Bloomfield
Brownell Talbot #2                                                 III                                                                    Omaha
Cedar Catholic High School                                 III                                                                    Hartington
Elkhorn Valley High School                                  III                                                                    Tilden
Millard South High School #2                                I                                                                    Omaha
Nebraska City High School                                    II                                                                    Nebraska City
Norfolk Catholic Jr. High School                         IV                                                                   Norfolk
Norfolk Catholic High School                              III                                                                    Norfolk
Norfolk Jr. High #2                                                  IV                                                                   Norfolk
Stanton Community Schools                               III                                                                    Stanton
Wilber-Clatonia High School                               III                                                                    Wilber


NORTHEAST JAZZ FESTIVAL GOOD (III)                                                                        JAZZ CHOIR RATINGS

School                                                                     Level                                                                  City

Dundy County School                                          III                                                                      Benkelman
Jones County School                                            III                                                                      Murdo, So. Dak.


Aquinas Catholic High School, David City – Noah Grady, Natalie Kovar, Mara Yindrick.
Bishop Neumann High School, Wahoo – Veronica Fritsch, Cadin McGuigan, Teresa Quinn, Jack Wyllie.
*Bloomfield Community School – Alexandra Eisenhauer, Andrew Hochstein, Madie Ziegler.
Brownell Talbot/Omaha – Alice Chan, Maia Su.
Columbus High School #2 – Jenna Taylor.
Columbus High School # 3 – Olivia Brittenham, Riley Gausman, Sarah Lasso, Alyvia Williams.
Denison (Iowa) High School – Shelby Kastner, Ali Gorman, Antonio Rodriguez.
Glenwood (Iowa) Community School – Dana Cutshall, Shannon Morely, Aubrey Mullanix, Josh Nizmann.
*Laurel-Concord-Coleridge – Jaclyn Kempf, Deagan Puppe.
Norfolk Catholic Jr. High – Jonah Ash, Caroline Love.
Norfolk Catholic High School – Addison Carr, Alberto Cartela.
Norfolk High School – Jay Koozer, Cameryn Skiff, Marlee Weidner.
Ord High School – Callee Alexander, Maya Brown, Garrett Severance.
Seward High School – Morgan Craig, Karnie Gottschalk, Michael Perry, Wyatt Swanson.
Thomas Jefferson High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa – Tyson Bentley, Gabe Russell.
York High School – Leah Davis.


Aurora High School #1 – Daniel Helzer-Mellophone, Jeremy Hunter-Tenor Sax, Alex Peters-Trumpet.
Aurora High School #2 – Layton Hohm-Alto Sax.
Blair High School – Caleb Funk-Alto Sax, Kyle Gross-Trumpet, Peter Lux-Trumpet.
Brownell Talbot#1/Omaha – Allie Froendt-Trumpet, Henrick Nelson-Drums, Calvin Snyder-Bass.
Elk Point-Jefferson/Elk Point, So. Dak. – Claire LaFerrier-Trumpet, Ella LaFerrier-Tenor Sax.
Glenwood High School # 2/Glenwood, Iowa – Spencer Ford-Tenor Sax.
*Hartington-Newcastle High School – Seth Pinkelman-Trombone, Alan Santiago-Alto Sax, Isaac Santiago-Alto Sax.
*Homer Community School – Shelby Benson-Trombone, Bradie Johnson-Trumpet.
Millard South High School #1/Omaha – Sam Christensen-Trombone, Jackson Phinse-Alto Sax, Davin Seeger-Vibes.
Millard South High School #2/Omaha – Gabriella Barrientes-Voice, Vincent Rotolo-Trumpet.
Norfolk Catholic Jr. High – Caroline Love-Trumpet.
Norfolk Jr. High #1 – Parker Rabbass-Trumpet, Brynn Sterud-Vibes.
Norfolk Jr. High #2 – Ryker Dahlkoelter-Trombone, Brooklyn Dickey-Alto Sax.
Norfolk High School # 1 – Tyler Wisnieski-Flugelhorn.
Norris High School/Firth – Seth Andre-Guitar, Rath Jen-Piano.
*Pender High School – Easton Dutcher-Guitar, Evan English-Trumpet.
*Pierce High School – Alexus Sindelar-Trumpet, Spencer Sindt-Trombone.
*Ponca Public School – Lucas Hoesing-Tenor Sax, Matthew Lente-Trombone.
South Sioux City High School – Pierce Gavin-Bass, Tanner Miller-Bari Sax, Angel Rodriguez Villalobas-Trombone.
*Stanton Community School – Shelby Jenkins-Alto Sax.