La Salle Jazz Band Wins Cavalcade Jazz Championship
The Explorers captured top band honors for the third time in four years.
The "Competition Band" of La Salle College High School was awarded First Place at the Cavalcade of Bands Jazz Championship held on Saturday evening, April 16, 2016 at Central Bucks South High School. La Salle "bested" the best of the Jazz Bands in the Delaware Valley for the third time in the last four years to capture this prestigious honor. John Meko '16, Joe Dallas '16, Tyler Dowling '17, Sam Hellings '18, and Nick Parkes '16 won Best Trumpet Section. In addition, John Meko '16 was presented with the esteemed Rick Kerper Best Trumpet Award and Pat Hwang '16 was recognized with one of the five "Best Soloist" awards. The Competition Band is directed by Mr. Joseph Vettori.
Also on Saturday, La Salle's "Lab Band" competed in the Intermediate Division of the Cavalcade of Bands Jazz Championship at Arcola Middle School. The Lab Band earned Second Place Overall in the division and was also recognized with the Best Sightreading Award. Ben Kensakowski '17, John Loftus '17, Ross Choate '17, John Ruch '18, Luke Lotsis '19, Ian Self '19, and Jim Corvo '19 won the Best Trumpets Section in their division while Liam Ward '18 won a Soloist Award.
Founded in 1958, the Cavalcade of Bands Association, Inc. presents and showcases growing band programs. Membership in the Cavalcade of Bands continues to attract schools from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and New York as currently well over one hundred schools actively participate in various contests and performing opportunities each year, culminating with the Jazz Championships in April.