VCS Radio Jazz Ensemble
receives a 2018 SMA award for
of a High School Large Jazz Ensemble
It's always wonderful when our students get recognized for their artistry and work! The Downbeat Student Music Awards are the most prestigious of its kind in the world. It names the best high school and university jazz ensembles globally. We are very proud of our students for bringing VCS into the world-class level of upcoming artists!
If you see a VCS Radio Jazz Ensemble member, give him/her a thumbs-up and congratulations. An award such as this is a rare and big thing!
DownBeat Magazine officials say...
"The DownBeat Student Music Awards are considered the most prestigious awards in jazz education. Founded in 1976, hundreds of musicians, music educators, and music industry professionals received their first international recognition as DownBeat Student Music Award winners. At least six winners have gone on to appear on the cover of DownBeat as professional artists. Scores have been featured in the magazine and have won either Critics or Readers Poll honors. Even before becoming professionals, the awards have helped young musicians garner more than $10 million in scholarship opportunities, perhaps much more. Being a DownBeat Student Music Award winner is an accomplishment line on any college application."