Earlier, the band won the Crescent City Musical Festival in New Orleans. They submitted tapes to the New York City Jazz Festival and were selected to participate in April 2018. The festival is designed to give jazz ensembles the opportunity to perform as part of a ticketed daytime performance.
The students also received comments from a panel of vocal and instrumental jazz experts, participated in a private clinic, and attended an evening performance of professional and amateur musicians.
The students produced a CD, Swinging on 54th, to raise funds for the trip.
You can find out more and hear a recording of Lakewood High’s jazz musicians, thanks to WUSF-FM.