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East Kentwood High School Band Students Receive Honors
East Kentwood High School Band Students Receive Honors

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.

Jared Hazen

Jared has played oboe for four years in the Wind Ensemble at EKHS and has also played in the musical pit orchestra for two years.  He played alto saxophone in the Falcon Marching Band.  For the past three years he has been a member of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony.  Dan Ruggles is Jared’s private oboe instructor.

When he’s not making music, you can find Jared playing on the Varsity Soccer and Varsity Golf teams at EKHS.

Jared will be attending Western Michigan University in the fall.

Timothy Long

Tim was selected as the drummer for the MYAF jazz band.  He has played percussion in the band at EKHS for four years.  This included four years playing percussion in marching band and two years of jazz band.  He was also selected for All State Honors Band and District 10 Honors Band in 8th grade.

Tim enjoys being involved in his church youth group.  He plays the drums in the worship band at his church.  He enjoys a variety of sports, such as soccer, biking, skiing and baseball.

Tim will be attending Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, NY.  He wants to pursue his calling in Christian ministry.

Matthew Noorman

Matthew has been playing the bass for eight years.  He studies bass at Triumph Music Academy.

Matthew is a diehard U of M fan.  He loves golf and has been on the golf team at EKHS for two years.  He loves going to concerts and especially likes jazz, metal, rock and electronic music.

He is going to GRCC to study recording technology and plans on working at a recording studio or as a sound engineer for bands.  His dream is to be a professional bass player.