The Brooklyn Jazz Ensemble was one of only eight school instrumental groups to be selected to perform at the Tri-C Jazz Festival Adjudication hosted at Westlake High School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. This marked the twenty-third year that Brooklyn students have participated in the program which is part of Tri-C DownBeat Jazz Education Days hosted at various Northeast Ohio high schools. During the extended program, Brooklyn student-musicians had the special opportunity to collaborate and perform with world class jazz musicians from around the globe, including Grammy award-winning bassist and composer, John Clayton; Dominick Farinacci, renowned Global Ambassador for Jazz; Kent State University Bass Professor, Bryan Thomas; Jerome Jennings, drummer and Director of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra; and David Sterner, a local jazz saxophone legend and educator.
Under the direction of Mr. Sean Sullivan, Brooklyn students also performed three musical selections during the adjudicated festival, including “Back Bone” by Thad Jones, “Without a Trace” by Doug Beach, and “Crescent River Ramble” written by Erik Morales. Special soloist recognition was awarded to Zach Dyson, alto saxophone (12th grade), Shariah Gailes, drums (11th grade), Koy Ostromek, drums (12th grade), Carson Artim, trumpet (11th grade), Josef Ethridge, tenor saxophone (12th grade), and Evan Chong, trumpet (12th grade).
The collection of clinics, masterclasses, performances, and constructive adjudication was an unforgettable experience for Brooklyn students and provided them an opportunity to learn more about jazz music and grow as musicians and individuals.