Thunderbird Jazz Band Given Top Rating at State Jazz Festival

Thunderbird Jazz Band Given Top Rating at State Jazz Festival
May 2012- Thunderbird High School’s jazz band, under the direction of Tim Matteson, was recently given a Superior with Distinction rating at the Arizona State Jazz Festival. This is the top rating a high school jazz band can receive at this event.

During this three-day festival, jazz ensembles from around Arizona perform for a panel of unbiased judges, who rate each group’s performance based on a set rubric. Only a quarter of the jazz bands that performed were given the coveted Superior with Distinction rating this year.

The festival is supported by the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association, a non-profit organization which works to meet the needs of Arizona’s music students. The president of ABODA recently sent Thunderbird Principal Matt Belden a letter, formally congratulating the jazz band on achieving this high honor.

Congratulations to Tim Matteson and the THS jazz band!