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Awards and Accolades  

Down Beat Awards


The Jazz Studies Area has received the Down Beat Magazine "Best College Big Band" Award six times!

  • Jazz in Clear Water - "Brilliant Corners"
    • 1996 Down Beat Award for "Best College Big Band"
  • Jazz in Clear Water - "Hoe Down"
    • 1998 Down Beat Award for "Best College Big Band"
  • Jazz in Clear Water - "Things to Come"
    • 2001 Down Beat Award for "Best College Big Band"
  • Jazz in Clear Water - "Vernal Fields"
    • 2002 Down Beat Award for "Best College Big Band/Outstanding Performance"
  • Jazz in Clear Water - "Yes and No"
    •  2003 Down Beat Award for "Best College Big Band/Outstanding Performance"
  • Jazz in Clear Water - "Soul Searching"
    • 2010 Down Beat Award for "Best College Big Band"
    • See News Bureau article.


Students winning individual Down Beat awards include:

  • Tom Krochock - 2003 Down Beat Award for Best Classical Performance-Trumpet
  • Andy Neesley - 2002 Down Beat Award for Best Engineered Studio Recording
  • Bill Olson - 2002 Down Beat Award for Best College Classical Soloist-Saxophone/Clarinet
  • Scott Pingel - 1997 Down Beat Award for Best Classical Instrumental Soloist-Double Bass
  • Jamey Simmons - 2001 Down Beat Award for Best Jazz Composition and 2002 Down Beat Award for Best Jazz Arrangement
  • Adrian Suarez - 2001 Down Beat Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Soloist-Percussion
  • Andy Frisinger - 2000 Down Beat Award for Best R&B Performance-Saxophone
  • Jeff Walk - 2000 Down Beat Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Soloist-Trumpet

 

Grammy Nominations


Two of the CDs Jazz Ensemble I has recorded have been nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album."

  • "Jazz in Clear Water--Harpoon"
  • "Jazz in Clear Water--Things to Come"
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