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School for the Blind Jazz Band wins outstanding jazz band award

Tuesday, May 09, 2023

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – The Oklahoma School for the Blind’s Jazz Band outscored all other bands in Class 2A competition to win the 2023 outstanding jazz band award from the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

“This is the fifth time the OSB band has won class 2A since 2016,” OSB Band Director Chris Ferrell said. “I credit the students’ hard work and dedication for their success.”

The competition was held April 25 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

Sixteen bands in class 2A and 3A performed for the judges. Six, including OSB, were given the highest rating of superior.

"Congratulations to the OSB Jazz Band and their director, Chris Ferrell,” OSB Superintendent Rita Echelle said. “They are an outstanding band and have worked extremely hard to hone their skills during early morning practices.  It is a great accomplishment to be named OSSAA 2A State Champion Jazz Band.”


The Oklahoma School for Blind Jazz Band won the outstanding jazz band for the fifth time since 2016: 1st row (from left): Samantha Six, Elbin Carrillo, Jerry Rodriguez, Abby Norton, Jimmy Anderson; 2nd row: Julia Cisneros; 3rd row: Julio Valdez, Emileigh Jackson, Lorie Cox, Rayce Phillips; 4th row: Trinity Vreeland, Katelynn Zampella, Ocie Webster, Kaylie Minter, Tyanna Cully, Dayton Baccus; 5th row: OSB Band Director Chris Ferrell, Chris Sumner, Ryan Williams and William Winston.

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Last Modified on Jun 16, 2023