GMG Jazz Band, under the direction of Dan Lastovka, is headed to the Iowa Jazz Championships on April 18. GMG Jazz Band received second place at the NEIBA District Jazz Festival held in Hudson on March 2.
Saxophonist Dillon Slingluff was recognized as one of the top five outstanding soloists.
The top two bands in each of the six Iowa Bandmasters Association districts qualify to participate in the Iowa Jazz Championships. Three other bands who will compete are selected from independent jazz festivals.
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Dillon Slingluff is pictured performing a solo as the band played “After Shock.” Dillon was named one of five outstanding soloists at the NEIBA District Jazz Festival.
This is the 16th time that GMG Jazz Band has qualified for the championships.
Soloists for "Hot Java Jump" were Caitlin Appelgate, Kenna Krier, Autumn Rosacker, Tyler Krull and Dillon Slingluff.