After the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Potlatch High School’s winning Vocal Combo, as well as our winning soloist, Ally LeForce, were invited by Christian Fabian, director of the Lionel Hampton Big Band, to attend the Sitka Jazz Workshop in Sitka, Alaska.
The students raised all their own funds, with no expense to the district; altogether, 13 current and past Potlatch students, four moms and Doug Richards made the trip to Alaska.
The Jazz Intensive with Christian Fabian, Mike Longo who was Dizzy Gillespie's piano player and band director for 26 years, seven time Grammy nominated vocalist Tierrney Sutton and Dennis Yerry spent ten hours almost everyday for five days teaching us composition, jazz theory, improvisation and practice and performance skills.
The week was capped off with some site seeing and a final performance in the beautiful Sitka Performing Arts Theater.
Participants were Steffen Riley, Charlee Beckner, Jewel Jones, Ally LeForce, Savanah LeForce, Keri LeForce, Bailey Schatz, Harleigh Martin, Marissa McCauley, Izzy Huggins, Alyssa Felton, Mya Amos, Rachael Wallen, and Rebekah Weaver.