Southern Youth Jam Jazz Festival
The Dixie Band won a Silver Award, the Big Band won a Gold Award, and the Funk Ensemble won a ‘Gold Award’. During the course of the week the judges listened to every school at the festival and chose an ‘All Star Band’ – a single band that comprised the best of the best on each particular instrument.
5 members of the CBHS groups were selected for this band: Dean Gibson on Drums, Alex Smith on Alto Sax, Oliver Carter on Trumpet, Sam White on Guitar, and Tarn Puentener-King on Percussion. With only 19 students selected to be in the band it was a great effort for CBHS to have over 25% of the members. Members of the CBHS groups also won individual awards. Tarn Puentener-King won ‘Most Outstanding Musician on a non-traditional jazz instrument’ on Percussion, Sam White won ‘Most Outstanding Bassist’, Dean Gibson won ‘Best Big-Band Drummer’, ‘Most Outstanding Drummer’, and he also took out the premier individual award of the festival - ‘Most Outstanding Musician’ To cap the whole week off, the CBHS Funk Ensemble was named as ‘Best Jazz Ensemble’ at the Festival.