Several Laramie High School students have been chosen for the 2018 Wyoming All-State
Jazz Choir.

Emmy Johnson, Morgan McConnell and John Small have been given the honor of joining
the Jazz Choir for their performance at the 35th Annual Northwest Jazz Festival.

The Northwest College Jazz Festival is a noncompetitive performance opportunity for
vocal and instrumental jazz groups. High quality assessment and instruction will be provided by respected jazz educators in a positive and constructive learning environment.

Johnson and McConnell were both selected as vocalists for the choir.

Johnson will be performing as one of two first sopranos and McConnell will be performing as a second alto.

“I’m super excited,” sophomore Johnson said, “I wasn’t expecting to get in
because it was so selective.”

Small was selected as the rhythm section pianist making him the only member of
LHS to be accepted into the 2018 Wyoming All-State Jazz Choir Rhythm Section.

“I’m excited. It’ll be hard because it’s not the approach to jazz that I usually take. There
seems to be a much more concrete idea of what I’m expected to be playing, so it’s more rigid in terms of what I’m allowed to change myself,” senior Small said.

The Festival will be taking place Tuesday and Wednesday February 27-28. It will feature
the Wyoming All-State Jazz Choir along with Vertical Voices and the Dana Landry Quartet.

The Wyoming All-State Jazz Choir will be performing four pieces including Sometimes I
Do, Basically Blues and If I Gave You My Heart.

Vertical Voices, featuring Julia Dollison, Kerry Marsh, Jennifer Barnes and Greg
Jasperse, is a vocal quartet that performs their own original compositions as well as
arrangements of music by Pat Metheny, The Yellowjackets, Imogen Heap and many other
contemporary jazz and pop artists.

The group performs music in a variety of styles, venturing into new artistic territory
within the vocal jazz genre, utilizing wordless vocals, new compositions, improvisation and more.

The Dana Landry Quartet, featuring Dana Landry, Steve Kovalcheck, Erik Applegate and
Jim White, has performed throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. Their debut recording “Standard Elevation” reached the Top 50 on the Jazz Week radio airplay chart.

In addition to working as a standalone quartet, the Dana Landry Quartet has also played
with Bob Sheppard, Clay Jenkins, Greg Gisbert and Dick Oatts, and can be heard on recordings including Dan Gailey’s What Did You Dream, Steve Owen’s Stand Up Eight and Back When It Was Fun by the group 7 ON 7.