by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Elk River’s Black Elk Jazz Band continues to earn top honors at the Region 7AA level.
Directed by John Rosner, the Black Elk group got a superior rating for the fourth straight year, and placed first among seven participating schools, for the third straight year, in this year’s festival at ERHS recently.
They played “When Johnny Comes Swinging Home,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “Calypso Charlie.”
Soloists were Tim Peterson on trumpet, Jayde Krauth on trumpet, Zach Hookom on bari sax, Jordan Grzybowski on vocals (“Georgia”) and Michael Tormoen on timbales.
“They know the music well and work hard at it,” said Rosner. “We go to a lot of festivals where we watch professionals so they know what the music should sound like. We have a solid rhythm section, which is always the starting point for a band.”
Mike Bayles on drumset is a leader, said Rosner: “The drummer is a key to what the whole band does. Like a quarterback.”