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NBHS Jazz Ensemble wins top awards at Festival

The New Braunfels High School Jazz Ensemble performed at the Palo Alto Jazz Festival on April 7 and was selected as “Outstanding Band” in the 5A/6A Division.


Tori Oelsen (clarinet), JT Chapman (vibraphone) and Selma Espino (drums) were awarded with “All-Star Soloist” recognitions for their solo performances.


Two-time All-State Jazz musician Chris Bauer was selected as “Outstanding Soloist” for the entire festival with his performances on the saxophone and clarinet.


The group will travel to Katy, Texas, on April 21 to perform at the Katy Jazz Festival and San Antonio on April 29 to perform at the Fiesta Jazz Festival at St. Mary’s University.


The ensemble is under the direction of David Eckert.

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