Rockford Jazz Bands to Showcase Talents

The Rockford High School Jazz Combo was selected as the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association/Michigan Youth Arts Festival Jazz Combo for the 53rd annual Michigan Youth Arts Festival on Western Michigan University’s campus May 7-9, 2015.  Over a thousand of Michigan’s best young artists will be showcasing their talents in visual arts, vocal music, film, theatre, creative writing, spoken word, dance, and instrumental music at this best of the best festival.


Rockford’s combo is the only combo that was invited to play and was based on their performance at the State Jazz Festival held earlier this year at Cedar Springs High School.  The combo consists of Sam Corey on tenor sax, Brooks Barnes on bass, and Sean Perlmutter on drums.  They will perform the pieces they performed at the State Festival at a showcase concert on May 8 at Western.


In addition to the Jazz Combo honors, the Jazz Band also received nine honorable mentions for the MYAF Jazz Ensemble held at Cedar Springs. They are Ethan Dunnum on alto sax, Sam Corey on tenor sax, Jake Malone on baritone sax, Jack Ombry on trumpet, Zach Bennett on trombone, Matt Jendritz on trombone, Max Rambo on piano, Brooks Barnes on bass, and Sean Perlmutter on drums.   The jazz band also earned a spot to perform at the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 4:45-5:30 pm at the Clock Tower Stage.


“This is the icing on the cake after an amazing year with this jazz band,” said Cullen McCarthy, the Director of the Rockford Jazz Program and the North Rockford Middle School Band Director.


For more information about the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, please visit For more information about the jazz bands, please contact Cullen McCarthy at


Michael S. Shibler, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools