STUDENT JAZZ COMPETITION
The live finals of the 9th Annual Jazz Pensacola Student Jazz Competition were held Monday, March 18, at Seville Quarter in downtown Pensacola. The audience was treated to fine jazz performances by talented finalists accompanied by a professional rhythm section: Camara Kambon on piano, Tom Latenser on bass and Jimmy Roebuck on drums.
High School Instrumental Division
First: Andrew Tinch – Guitar – A. Crawford Mosley High School
Second: Jake Newsome – Tenor Sax – Fairhope High School
Third: Pablo Duque – Tenor Sax – Choctowhatchee High School
Jazz Vocal Division
First: Anastasia Leech – University of West Florida
Second: Selena Neal – University of West Florida
College Instrumental Division
First: Andrew Gregg – Piano – University of West Florida
Second: Bryce Lyublanovits – Piano – Pensacola State College
Third: Kameron Horak – Tenor Sax – Pensacola State College
Third: Vishnu Srirum – Alto & Tenor Sax – Northwest Florida State College
Note: Two-way tie for third place
Winners received monetary awards, ranging from $100 to $500, intended to help support their jazz/music education. We thank finals judges Steve Gilmore, Mike Lyle and George Petropoulos, all renowned jazz performers and educators, for their role in making some tough choices. Congratulations to all of the competition winners – they speak well for the future of jazz.
Also, a big “Thank You” goes to the following Jazz Education Team Supporters (JETS) and Corporate Sponsors for their financial assistance, making the event possible:
Ray and Carol Ascherfeld
John and Myrl Eisinger
Paul and Marliese Herrick
Ralph and Patricia Knowles
Knox and Holly Parker
Tom and Mary Sylte
Carolyn Tokson and Jeff Elliot
Dr. F. Norman and Betty Vickers
Roger and Kat Villines
Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc.
Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs
The Studer Foundation
Application requirements: Applying instrumentalists and vocalists must reside and attend school (including homeschooling for High School Division) in the greater Pensacola area including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties in Florida and Baldwin County in Alabama.
Application process includes submitting a recording of two jazz solos with backing performances, which will be judged in a preliminary round to select the three applicants in each division to go on to the live finals.
Click here to download the informational flyer. (PDF, 250K)
Click here to download the application form. (PDF, 350K)
Need a backing track for your application? Click on the appropriate links below to download:
High School Instrumental
Note: These files are provided for the use of our student competitors and are not for sale or other distribution. Unauthorized use of these audio files is prohibited.
Questions about backing tracks: Email Roger Villines at jrvill (at) aol.com.