Apr 01, 2014 - TPS Metro Jazz Honor Band Tonight at the Jazz Depot


TULSA, Oklahoma - Not every kid wants to grow up to be the next Justin Beiber or Taylor Swift. Some Tulsa students would rather follow in the footsteps of Miles Davis or Ella Fitzgerald.

The Tulsa Public Schools Metro Jazz Honor Band performs tonight at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

The students have quite a reputation.

"These students are the best of the best,” said Jason McIntosh, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame CEO.  “There will be exceptional talent showcased tonight at the Jazz Depot.”

Tulsa Public Schools students audition for spots in the high school and middle school jazz bands each year.

Tulsa Public Schools

2014 Metro Honor Jazz Bands

April 1st, 2014

Middle School Honor Jazz Band

Clinician – Joe Wilhelm, Grove H.S.

Tunes to be selected from:

Azule by Mike Steinel

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy   arr. By Michael Sweeney

Bubbert Goes Undercove  by Mike Steinel

Chattanooga Choo Choo arr. By Mike Story

Fat Cat by Doug Beach

Gold Card by Doug Beach and George Shutack

So What  by Miles Davis, arr. By Michael Sweeney


High School Honor Jazz Band

Clinician – Euell Hanna, Verdigris H.S.

Tunes to be selected from:

Hay Burner  by Sammy Nestico

Jive Samba by Nat Adderly, arr. By Alan Baylock

Solar by Miles Davis, arr. By Rick Stitzel

Spy In the Night by George Shutack

Swing Street  by Sammy Nestico


Participating Schools and Directors

East Central JH: Louis Arhend

Carver JH: Kirby

Thoreau: Jama Moore

Edison JH & HS: Doug Styers and Danny Burnes

Memorial HS: Heath Miller

Booker T. WashingtonHS: Mike Moore


Special Thanks to

Ann TomlinsTPS Fine Arts Coordinator


2014 Middle School Honor Jazz Band

Flute: Annabelle Harris

Alto Saxophone: Jacob Chrisman, Hagun Matlock, Spencer Warrick, Brandon Sweet, Steven Webb and Mathew Ziegler

Tenor Saxophone:  Joe Bales, Sean Hinds, Mary Vuong and Anthony Ward

Baritone Saxophone: John Caldwell, Griffin Stockstill

Trumpet: Evan Loegering, Pagen Regnier, Andrew Yamashita, Tyger OneBear, Chloe Richardson, Madison Aquino, Cody Travnicek, Emma, Burgard, Reagan Cochran and Noah Skaistis.

Trombone: Daniel Bateman, Donald Broadnax, J.P. Schemmer, and Caden Meador

Guitar: Dylan Moore

Bass Guitar: Luke Ryan

Drumset: B. Paul DeMurro


2014 High School Honor Jazz Band

Alto Saxophone: Chelsea Zuniga and Braden Tarpenning

Tenor Saxophone: Hank Unterschutz and Gabrielle Trobare

Baritone Saxophone: Andrew King

Trumpets: Bishop Marsh, Cassandra Meador, Noah Buie and Makenna Wilson

Trombones: Anthony Jones, Evan, John Travnicek, Patrick

Guitar: Jon Tran

Piano: Kassidy Moore

Bass: Dylan Reid

Drumset: Jonathan Haywood


About our Clinicians

            Joe Wilhelm is the director of bands at Grove High School where he has taught for 32 years.  He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.   He has also served as the president for OMEA (Oklahoma Music Educators Association).  He has received the Oklahoma Outstanding Jazz Educator Award in 1999.  Mr. Wilhelm received the State Superintendent Fine Arts Excellence Award in 2013.  Mr. Wilhelm’s concert and jazz bands have won several state championships and OSSAA Sweepstakes Awards.  He has conducted the Oklahoma Ambassadors Jazz Band in Europe in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.


            Euell Hannais the director of bands at Verdigris High School.  He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa.  As the Verdigris High School band director for the last 27 years, Hanna started teaching jazz band students before Verdigris even had a high school. Under Hanna’s direction, the Verdigris High School Jazz Band recently won its tenth straight OSSAA State Jazz Championship; this was the twenty second overall title for the high school band.  In 2013, band director Euell Hanna was recognized with the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's Zelia Breaux Distinguished Educator Award, which honors those individuals who have made significant contributions in music education.