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RHYTHM SECTION TO PLAY EAU CLAIRE JAZZ FESTIVAL
The award-winning Chaska Middle School West Jazz Ensembles started a brand new season on Thursday, October 26 when both CMSW Jazz 7 and CMSW Jazz 8 met for the first time.  There are a ton of exciting events and plenty of great songs ahead!

The performance season started on January 12 when  Jazz 8 performed at the CMSW Talent Show at Chanhassen High School.  They were joined by the Rhythm Section which served as the house band.

  The District 112 Jazz Festival was on Saturday, February 10 at Chaska High School and CMSW Jazz 6 and Jazz 7 joined Jazz 8 and The Rhythm Section for an incredible day of music which featured clinics during the afternoon with trumpeter Phil Holm and in the evening with trombonist Jim ten Bensel and an evening jazz extravaganza.  The day culminates with a wonderful concert at 7 p.m. at Chaska High School which featured Valley Jazz Band, guest artist Jim ten Bensel and all the district jazz ensembles.

All the jazz ensembles will perform at Evening with the Stars at CMSW on Thursday, March 15 and also will feature a CMSW Alumni Jazz Band.

Jazz 7 and Jazz 8 will perform and attend an incredible festival up north on March 17. The Duluth Jazz Festival is an opportunity for both Jazz 7 and Jazz 8 to perform, receive clinics and see an outstanding concert. 

The season ended on Saturday, April 21 when the 8th Grade Rhythm Section attends and performs at the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Festival.  

Jazz 7 and Jazz 8 are directed by Gina Ford and Eric Songer and rehearsed every Thursday through March 15.
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MRS. FORD PLAYING A SONG THAT MR. SONGER WROTE FOR HER AND CMSW JAZZ 8 FOR THE DISTRICT JAZZ FESTIVAL CALLED “INFUSION CONFUSION”
CHASKA MIDDLE SCHOOL WEST JAZZ EVENTS

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 7 P.M.
CMSW TALENT SHOW
CHANHASSEN HIGH SCHOOL
JAZZ 8, RHYTHM SECTION

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 11 A.M.-10 P.M.
DISTRICT 112 JAZZ FESTIVAL
CHASKA HIGH SCHOOL
JAZZ 6, JAZZ 7, JAZZ 8, RHYTHM SECTION
JAZZ 8 AT 11:15 A.M.
JAZZ 6 AT 12 P.M.
RHYTHM SECTION AT 12:45 P.M.
JAZZ 7 AT 2:30 P.M. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 5:30-8 P.M.
EVENING WITH THE STARS
CHASKA MIDDLE SCHOOL WEST
JAZZ 6 AT 5:30 P.M.
ALUMNI JAZZ AT 6 P.M.
JAZZ 7 AT 6:30 P.M.
RHYTHM SECTION AT 7 P.M.
JAZZ 8 AT 7:30 P.M.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 9 A.M.-10:30 P.M.
DULUTH JAZZ FESTIVAL
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA-DULUTH
JAZZ 7 AND JAZZ 8

FRI-SAT, APRIL 20-21, PERFORM AT 1 P.M. APRIL 21
EAU CLAIRE JAZZ FESTIVAL
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-EAU CLAIRE
RHYTHM SECTION
PHIL HOLM WORKING WITH JAZZ 6, JAZZ 7 AND JAZZ 8
JAZZ 6 LOW BRASS PLAYERS COLIN AND PARKER AT THE DISTRICT JAZZ FEST
RHYTHM SECTION AT THE DISTRICT JAZZ FEST
ELENA TICKLING THE IVORIES
DONATELLA IN DULUTH
BLAKE & AMY IN DULUTH
ANNA IN DULUTH
ZACH SOLOING IN DULUTH
PARKER SOLOING IN DULUTH
MR. SONGER WITH DAVE MATTHEWS BAND’S JEFF COFFIN
JAZZ 7 AND JAZZ 8 IN DULUTH
RHYTHM SECTION AT EVENING WITH THE STARS
CHASKA MIDDLE SCHOOL WEST RHYTHM SECTION AT THE UW-EAU CLAIRE JAZZ FESTIVAL
8TH GRADE RHYTHM SECTION PERFORMING
JEFF COFFIN SOLOING WITH THE UM-DULUTH FACULTY COMBO
GETTING READY TO WATCH UMD AND JEFF COFFIN AT THE HEAD OF THE LAKES JAZZ FEST
SOME OF THE JAZZ 8 TRUMPETS IN DULUTH
ERIC SONGER WITH FELLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL DIRECTORS SCOTT PRESCOTT AND MATT POTTER AS WELL AS GUESET ARTIST JIM TEN BENSEL
BACKSTAGE SELFIES
JAZZ 8
BLAKE TAKING A SOLO
ALUMNI JAZZ BAND AT EWTS