LaPorte’s all about jazz
The LaPorte High School’s Lab and Jazz Band received a Gold rating with Distinction at the Indiana School Music Association (ISSMA) Jazz Contest held at Portage High School. Hard work, time, and dedication pulled through and sent LPHS to State.
There are no placings at the ISSMA State Instrumental Jazz finals. Only one Honor Band is selected and announced. The State Champion this year was Fort Wayne North Side.
“Going to State was definitely new to me, and I think we played well and even though we didn’t get Honor Band, I was just glad that I got to jam with some of the best people I know, “ Patrick Lipscomb, junior, said.
There are 24 students in Jazz Band currently: Ireland Albin, Tyler Benn, Juliette Camacho, Jesus Zeke Chairez, Collin Downs, Emily Gesino, Sebrina Hensley, Hailey Joseph, Matthew Knouse, Drew Lipscomb, Patrick Lipscomb, Alejandro Lopez, Miguel Martinez, Simeon Matz, Cedric McCoy, Alec Miller, Richard Minor, Cordell Moyer, Riehle Oberle, Chloe Perkins, Nicholas Shei, Victor Sirugo, Andrew Walma, and Talya Wolf.
Jazz Band meets outside the school day and doesn’t start until November. Each band meets three times a week for a total 375 minutes each week. Preparing for the ISSMA contest fills most of December, January, and February rehearsals.
To be admitted into Jazz Band auditions are held. Most jazz and lab band members are also members of our concert bands, but there are a few orchestra students as well.
LPHS’s music programs are consistently strong, with the bands, choirs, and orchestra groups constantly rated Gold at ISSMA contests. The students involved are dedicated and incredibly talented.
“It starts with the students wanting to excel and coupled with the staff that can get results. We are fortunate to have a strong talent level in our program and a lot of community support,” Mickey Stisher, band director, said.
The music department does more than crete beautiful music; it helps develop amazing young adults.