The Jazz Big Band, under the direction of Greg Yasinitsky, received an “Outstanding Performance” award. The group was selected from among ensembles performing on College Day to perform at the Young Artists Concert that evening.
WSU saxophonist Michado Mijiga received an “Outstanding Soloist” award and was invited to present a special performance at Hamp’s Club that evening.
The program enjoys a national reputation. In January, the Jazz Big Band was selected in a peer-reviewed process to present an invited performance at the international conference of the Jazz Education Network where the band received a standing ovation performing with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin.
In February, the Jazz Big Band presented an invited performance at the All Northwest Conference of the National Association for Music Education.