NYSSA NEWS: High school bands pick up honors, experience on the road

The Nyssa High School Jazz Band and Concert Band, under the direction of Mark Lasnick, traveled to western Oregon in May to participate in two band competitions.

While some of the students had participated in competitions before, many were doing this for the first time. All agreed the competitions were a great experience.

In an interview, band members mentioned Covid’s impact on band activities, including canceled events and online band practices that were challenging. But finally they had trips!

On May 6-8, the Jazz Band, consisting of 18 students, participated in the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival in Gresham, placing third in their division.

A challenge for the band was that some members were unable to participate due to schedule conflicts, so other members had to quickly learn new parts. Mr. Lasnick specifically cited Tyler Young (trumpet) and Keighlee Bunker (alto sax) for stepping up to learn new parts . . .