Students get jazzed at annual Edmonds Jazz Connection event

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Meadowdale High School Jazz Band's Emi Nakashima on the vibes.
Meadowdale High School Jazz Band’s Emi Nakashima on the vibes. (Photos by Larry Vogel)

Listeners packed the three downtown Edmonds venues Saturday for the annual Edmonds Jazz Connection, a full day of performances from awardwinning Northwest high school jazz programs, sponsored by the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club.

Student musicians from Edmonds School District high schools were among the performers featured during the event.

The club is still accepting donations online to support educational and scholarship programs for music students at this link: donations.jazzconnection.org.

Meadowdale Jazz Band 1 under the direction of David Hawke
Meadowdale Jazz Band 1 under the direction of David Hawke
Meadowdale HS Jazz Band 2.
Meadowdale HS Jazz Band 2.
Patti Schmidt, Meadowdale's Avant Blues vocal jazz group director, displays her 2015 Jazz Connection poster while vocalist Peyton Redwood photobombs.
Patti Schmidt, Mariner’s Avant Blues vocal jazz group director, displays her 2015 Jazz Connection poster while vocalist Peyton Redwood photobombs.
Meadowdale Jazz Band trombonist Sara Coppa receives a $2000 Jazz Connection scholarship from Chris Lundberg and Jamie Reece.  Coppa has maintained a 3.9 GPA throughout high school, played varsity sports and participated in the music program.  Next year she will continue her studies at the University of New Haven where she will major in criminal justice, leading to a career in the FBI.
Meadowdale High School Jazz Band trombonist Sara Coppa receives a $2,000 Jazz Connection scholarship from Chris Lindberg and Jamie Reece. Coppa has maintained a 3.9 GPA throughout high school, played varsity sports and participated in the music program. Next year she will continue her studies at the University of New Haven, where she will major in criminal justice, leading to a career in the FBI.

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