WHS  Jazz Band

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --  Jazz Ensembles at two Jefferson County Schools earned the state's top honor when they were named 2023 West Virginia State Honor Jazz Bands. Student musicians from Harpers Ferry Middle School (HFMS) and Washington High School (WHS) traveled to Charleston to perform at the WV Music Educators Association Conference on March 2. 

WHS Director of Bands Lisa Hazelett said her students had to work fast to prepare for their performance. 

"I've spoken to some of our wonderful band directors in Jefferson County Schools who have earned this honor in the past, and they have shared some best practices for logistics with me," Hazlett said.

Hazlett said this is the first state accolade for the WHS Instrumental Music Department, and it speaks to the dedication of the students. The designation is especially poignant to Hazlett, who became the first female high school band director in state history to earn an honor band designation.

"This is an amazing accomplishment for our talented jazz musicians," she said. "March is Music in Our Schools Month and Women's History Month, so these honors are very timely." 

HFMS Band Director Charles Wall agreed, saying it is a huge honor for the students who work hard to balance a demanding schedule.

"Our students are very excited to represent West Virginia at the WV State Music Educators Convention. They spend so much time practicing throughout the year, and excel in academics as well as music."

This is the fourth time HFMS has been selected as a WV Honor Jazz Band.

HFMS Jazz Ensemble

WHS 2023 Jazz Ensemble

HFMS 2023 Jazz Ensemble

Eric Brady

Aiden Bauer

Lydia Brown

Caeley Trujillo

Amelia Dardaris

Liam Hall

Becky McGivern

Payton Schneble

Jacob Perkowski

Alexa Stone

Nathan Trimmer

Wren Rice

Josh Molina

Keating Amos

Harper Broomall

Sean Wagner

Seth Vorhauer

Alex Bartlett

Eashan Hatti

Georgia Hennigan

Ben Caltrider

Ryan Martinez

Jacob Perkowski

Even Meley

Becky McGivern

McKenna Kells

Patrick Hazlett

Aurora Jackson

Gavin Frazier

Kaylie Toth

Rhett Snyder

Hollyn Rossi

Nick Sakole

Naia Prevatil

Jonathan Hartzell

Clara Adams

Mason Bennett

Illa Sapatsko

William Carr

Makenna Stovall

Madison LaVigne

Thad Jackson

Emilio Perez-Diggs

Harrison Garrett

Lauren Rossi

August Thompson

Maddox Showen

Zane Lambert

Lucas Vega Leon

Anna Lassen