Three East Kentwood High School music students were chosen to perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival May 12-14, 2016. They participated in a three-day extravaganza of master classes, exhibitions, workshops and performances at Western Michigan University with students from throughout the state of Michigan.
Jared Hazen (oboe) was selected to perform in the MYAF Honors Orchestra. Students are selected for this group as a result of their solo rating at the State Solo & Ensemble festival.
Timothy Long (drums) and Matthew Noorman (bass) were selected for the honors jazz band as a result of outstanding performances at the State Jazz Festival. A panel of judges selected the top 20 students for the Honors Jazz Ensemble based on their performances. The following students received an honorable mention for jazz band: Andrew Riebs – trombone, Danny Belay – trumpet, and Herold Correa – tenor saxophone.