Hosted by professional musician and past Jazz Pensacola President Roger Villines, the 12th Annual Student Jazz Competition was held Monday, March 21, at Phineas Phogg’s in Seville Quarter, downtown Pensacola.
Jazz Pensacola’s mission is to promote all forms of Jazz — America’s music — in the Central Gulf Coast region. We endeavor to provide a social forum for jazz performance, education, and enjoyment for musicians and listeners alike. As part of our mission, Jazz Pensacola seeks to encourage emerging jazz musicians (vocalists and instrumentalists) during their student years. The larger jazz community, including musicians and educators, feel that by welcoming students and giving them an opportunity to showcase and develop their talents, we are helping create the jazz musicians of the future, and thereby fostering the future of jazz.
Finalists were chosen from the submitted applications, each including recorded performances of two tunes demonstrating their jazz skills. Judges for the event were professional musicians James Green, Joe Murphy, and Bob Maksymkow.
Also, the students were accompanied by professional musicians Cynthia Domulot, piano; Tom Latenser, bass; and Fred Dumulot, drums.
High School Instrumental:
First Place, $400: Anna Brennan, piano, Pace High School
Second Place, $200: Devin Snodgrass, trumpet,
Pace High School
First Place, $400: Isabelle Schrack, University of West Florida
Second Place, $200: Tori Vinson, Pensacola High School
Third Place, $100: Selena Wilson, University of West Florida
Fourth Place, $100: Olivia Wilson, University of West Florida
First Place, $500: Gamaliel Harris, trombone, Northwest Florida State College
Second Place, $300: Pierre Baldwin, alto sax, Pensacola State College
Third Place, $150: Rory Swanson, guitar, Pensacola State College
Fourth Place, $150: Patrick Bass, saxophone, University of West Florida
Thanks to our distinguished sponsors:
- Arts, Culture, & Entertainment Inc.
- Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs
- The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival
- Studer Foundation
- Schmidt’s Music
- Adriane “Cookie” Kichler
Thanks also to our JETS members:
Dr. Michele Brandhorst, Steve Douglas, Woody Edwards, John and Myrl Eisinger, Peg Sheridan, Carolyn Tockson, Roger and Kat Villines