J & M Honored
Choir Awarded Outstanding Performance Honor
Posted on 05/01/2020
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Congratulations are in order for members of WHS’ 2019 Jazz and Madrigal Ensemble who are 2020 DownBeat Student Music Awards winners.  J&M received the Outstanding Performance honor in the magazine’s Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble category, High School division.  Additionally, the adjudicator in the Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble category has recognized one student with the Outstanding Soloist honor.  Congratulations to Joelle Aaron for being recognized as the Lead Female Soloist.

DownBeat is an American magazine devoted to "jazz, blues and beyond", the last word indicating its expansion beyond the jazz realm which it covered exclusively in previous years. The publication was established in 1934 in Chicago, Illinois. It is named after the "downbeat" in music, also called "beat one", or the first beat of a musical measure.

DownBeat publishes results of annual surveys of both its readers and critics in a variety of categories. The DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame includes winners from both the readers' and critics' poll. The results of the readers' poll are published in the December issue, those of the critics' poll in the August issue.

Popular features of DownBeat magazine include its "Reviews" section where jazz critics, using a '1-Star to 5-Star' maximum rating system, rate the latest musical recordings, vintage recordings, and books; articles on individual musicians and music forms; and its famous "Blindfold Test" column, in a which a musician listens to records by other artists, tries to guess who they are, and rates them using the 5-star maximum rating system.


Mrs. Beth Fritz, J&M director, said, “DownBeat is a national, long-time established magazine. This group was compared against groups from all over the country who have big jazz programs. This is a pretty big deal for this group, and I’m so proud of them for being recognized for their performance.”


Click HERE to listen to Send One Your Love, the performance that won the students this recognition.