Jazz students win big at Sam Houston competition

Congratulations to Ron Jones, Richland College Jazz Ensemble/Big Band director, and Brad Williams, Jazz Small Group Combo director, whose student jazz ensembles were awarded straight superior ratings from all five festival judges during the Sam Houston State University Jazz Festival Competition in Huntsville, Texas, March 28-29. Student musicians Kerry Burkhart, Sam Howard, Jinyu Kim, Austin Lemke and Su Youn Yi also received Outstanding Musician/Soloist awards, earning five of eight individual awards awarded among members of the 14 jazz ensembles from across Texas who competed. Brad Williams was also a guest performer during the afternoon clinic with Lynn Seaton, University of North Texas College of Music professor and professional jazz bassist.