Jazz Band Takes Fourth at State


Clarion photo Photo courtesy of Gary Riler

Tonantzin Ramirez and the Jazz Ensemble perform “Night and Day” by Cole Porter.

The musicians at Cleveland continue to make “noise” at the end of year culminating state championships.

Cleveland’s Jazz Ensemble and vocalist Tonantzin Ramirez performed at the OMEA State Jazz Band Championships against 12 other 6A jazz bands that qualified to be there from results in qualifying festivals. This is a newer state event, the fifth annual, and the jazz ensembles have never placed until this year. Cleveland’s jazz ensemble took fourth place, said Gary Riler, band teacher.

They performed four pieces, one of which featured Ramirez singing “Night and Day” by Cole Porter.

Here are links to the band’s performances:
Teddy the Toad by Neal Hefti and performed by the Count Basie band (featuring Liam and the trombone section)

Night and Day by Cole Porter (featuring Tonantzin Ramirez, Drew Sykes and Sebastian Elder)

Sugar Hill Penthouse by Duke Ellington (featuring Cooper Headrick and David Schauer)

Basie Straight Ahead by Sammy Nestico and performed by the Count Basie band (featuring Hayden Spurgeon and Liam Taylor)