The 18-piece Fort Lewis College Jazz Ensemble took third place in the four-year college band category at the University of Nevada, Reno, Jazz Festival. The festival, which ran from April 24-25, brought together thousands of musicians from middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities from across the West.
Tim Farrell, a trumpeter and director of Jazz Studies at Fort Lewis College, led the band.
The Fort Lewis musicians played a 25-minute set, comprising "Sound Bites" by Jim McNeely, featuring Zack Jones on soprano saxophone, and a two-part arrangement of "Stella by Starlight" titled "Stella by Holland" by James Miley, featuring Brian Marks on guitar and Jack Maynes on piano.
Marks, a senior jazz major and guitarist, also took home two solo awards from the festival.
"We competed in the category that includes all universities and colleges," Farrell said by phone Wednesday. "Many of the schools we competed against have doctorate and master's programs in music."
The winning band in the four-year college category was from the University of Oregon, the band that Farrell played with while working on his doctorate.
California State University-Northridge placed second, while two bands from UCLA took fourth and fifth.
The Fort Lewis musicians played the festival as part of a tour stopping in Cedaredge in Delta County and Salt Lake City, where they played school concerts.