Photo courtesy BILL KMET
Arlington High School’s Jazzmine jazz choir finished in first place in the high school vocal jazz category at the University of North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison, Texas during spring break. Jazzmine singers Jen Wilson, Colt Kesselring, Crissa Crooks and Jacob Martin also captured four of six soloist awards and Kesselring won a scholarship to a UNT jazz workshop. The University of North Texas claim to fame is that it trained the popular jazz singer, Nora Jones, who majored in jazz piano there. It is one of the premier jazz study programs in the country. After placing first and winning the Flloyd Fesser award for superior performance, Jazzmine was selected to open for an evening performance at the event, according to a Jazzmine parent, Bill Kmet.