Monday, January 23, 2012

Kennedy Senior Wins Corridor Jazz Art Contest

Whitney Jungjohann, a senior at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, has been chosen as the winner of the Corridor Jazz Project CD Cover design. Jungjohann will receive a $100 cash prize from KCCK-FM and her design will adorn the cover of the “The Corridor Jazz Project V”, a compilation of recordings from the top jazz bands from Jefferson, Kennedy, Prairie, Xavier and Washington High Schools in Cedar Rapids, Linn Mar and, Marion in Marion; and City and West High Schools in Iowa City.

The Corridor Jazz Project CDs, along with tickets for the CD Release Concert, April 3rd at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, will go on sale February 15th. Tickets are $10, but discounted tickets will be available from participating schools.

Jungjohann’s drawing was chosen out of over 100 entries from art students in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Marion high schools.

Receiving Honorable Mention in the contest were:

  • Mitchell Barta – Marion
  • Josh Hewitt - Xavier
  • Alex Lee – Kennedy
  • Tristan Rowley – Xavier
  • Allison Scott –Marion
  • Tara Ushel – Washington
  • Kyle Van Meter – Marion
  • Derrick Williams – Marion

JungJohann’s original piece, and those receiving Honorable Mention will all be exhibited during the April 3rd concert.

The Corridor Jazz Project is a jazz education and mentoring program for jazz band students at the eight public high schools in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. The program, developed as a part of the education outreach of Jazz 88.3 KCCK, matches each school’s top jazz band with a professional jazz player, who performed as a guest soloist with the band. The subsequent recordings have been collected and will be released on a compilation CD. CDs will be made available to each school to sell and keep the proceeds. CDs will be available at local retail outlets as well. Participating bands and guest artists include:

  • CR Kennedy: Cassius Goens, drums
  • CR Washington: Don Jaques, sax
  • CR Jefferson: Kim Fitten, vocals and Billy Davis, sax
  • Prairie: Dan Casady, Trombone
  • Linn-Mar: Dave Pietro, Sax
  • Marion: Rod Pierson, Sax
  • IC West: Brent Sandy, Trumpet
  • IC City High: Steve Grismore, Guitar
  • Xavier: Mike McMann, Trombone

Support for the Corridor Jazz Project comes from Rockwell Collins, M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers and West Music.

Jazz 88.3 KCCK is the public radio station operated as a part of the community outreach of Kirkwood Community College.

For more information, visit or call 319-398-5446.

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