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Area Jazz Bands Score Big Wins at Championship


The State Jazz Championship winners have been announced, and Pella took first place in division 3A. The Pella High School Jazz Band was selected as one of two final qualifiers in their division, says Band Director Jason Pennpico, and they performed a head to head competition against Harlan. The Pella Jazz Band is graduating seven seniors this year, out of nineteen band members. Pennpico says they will be hard to replace. North Mahaska took first place in division 1A.

Pella Jazz Band Members


Sarah Van Maanen
Joella Gerber
Emily Witt
Morgan Ernst
Tom Palmer
Tukker Bogaard
Sarah DeVries
Payne Pleima
Caitie Hones
Sean Miller
Ryan Sietstra
Connor Naaden
Shelby Pfitzenmaier
Joe Roorda
Rhythm Section
Alex Ropes – Piano
Nick Gensch – Guitar
Kelli Rozendaal – Bass
Sam Davis – Drums
Taryn Ernst – Drums/Vibes