Jazz Trombones Best in Show

Hart's jazz trombone section slid into a cool first-place ranking at the 37th annual Campana Jazz Festival held last weekend at Amador Valley High School.

The jazz trombone section won the top honor among other competing middle schools. Trombone players in the award-winning section are Beecher Adams, Youri Benadjaoud, Laura Buscheck, Grace Martin and Sean Sullivan.

"They are the second Hart trombone section to receive this award," band director Dennis Aquilina said. "Ironically, Laura's older brother, Jeff Buscheck, was in the first outstanding trombone section. Must be in the genes."

Hart's jazz band and jazz band combo performed at the festival.

Sean Sullivan won a $300 band camp scholarship for his stellar trombone skills, and Nihaal Zaveri won a $700 band camp scholarship for his outstanding trumpet performance.

The jazz festival on Feb. 11 drew 50 ensembles from 24 Bay Area schools. The annual contest is named in honor of Jim Campana, Amador Valley's music director from 1959 to 1979. The jazz festival is considered a a yearly highlight for many Bay Area jazz groups.

Posted Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012