The jazz band at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda played its way into first place and a $1,000 cash prize for its performance at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Feb. 16 in Rockville.
The 2013 MAJF competition included 12 high school jazz bands from East Coast states, including North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, as well as Washington, D.C.
Each band had up to 25 minutes on stage to set up, perform, break down and exit the stage. Bands could select compositions of their choice to perform but the entire program had to be jazz-orientated. Choices included swing jazz, bebop jazz, Latin jazz, or funk jazz.
The Whitman band improved on its second-place showing in the 2012 competition.