Mac-Hi musicians impress at jazz festival

McLoughlin High School Jazz Ensemble: Patrick Dunphy, center, seated. First row from left: Yvonne Kao, Atziri Jimenez, Jennifer Robles, Chelsea Holford, Heidi Moreno, Christian Sigsbee, Karen Steele, Melissa Jones. Second row: Hunter Bamford, Colin Dygert, Keaton Smith, Brinton Alexander, Tyler Vaughn, Brendan Smith, Edwin Nunez, Tomas Landa. Third row: Director Mike Agidius, Alex Walters, Eddie Garcia, Abi Biggs, Riley Clark, Chris Moran, Ethan Flores, Carlos Solano, Sam Miller, Jorge Mendoza, Isaac Riley, Ritchie Lemirand Mendoza. 
Not pictured: Evan Kain, Wyatt Garrett, Juan Saucedo, Diego Romero.

McLoughlin High School Jazz Ensemble: Patrick Dunphy, center, seated. First row from left: Yvonne Kao, Atziri Jimenez, Jennifer Robles, Chelsea Holford, Heidi Moreno, Christian Sigsbee, Karen Steele, Melissa Jones. Second row: Hunter Bamford, Colin Dygert, Keaton Smith, Brinton Alexander, Tyler Vaughn, Brendan Smith, Edwin Nunez, Tomas Landa. Third row: Director Mike Agidius, Alex Walters, Eddie Garcia, Abi Biggs, Riley Clark, Chris Moran, Ethan Flores, Carlos Solano, Sam Miller, Jorge Mendoza, Isaac Riley, Ritchie Lemirand Mendoza. Not pictured: Evan Kain, Wyatt Garrett, Juan Saucedo, Diego Romero.

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The McLoughlin High School Jazz Ensemble has a swing and a hit when it was honored at the 47th annual Lionel Hampton University of Idaho Jazz Festival on Feb. 22.

Judges selected the Mac-Hi Jazz Band during its daytime performance to also play during the evening Festival Showcase Concert in the UI Kibbie Dome.

The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is no longer a competition, and being chosen to perform on the Festival Showcase Concert is the highest honor given to participating school bands, according to music director Mike Agidius.

“One of the judges praised the Mac-Hi Jazz Ensemble, saying that the Mac-Hi band brought a ‘new sound’ to the jazz festival,” Mike said.

The ensemble performed three pieces in the daytime performance: “Hey Pachuco,” featuring drummer Isaac Riley and tenor saxophonist Keaton Smith; “Angel Eyes,” featuring tenor saxophonist Atziri Jimenez; and “Out Of The Doghouse,” featuring Atziri, Carlos Solano on alto sax, Sam Miller on trombone and Patrick Dunphy on tuba.

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