Woodis named an elite jazzman

Rocky Mountain sophomore Sam Woodis recently auditioned for and was accepted into the Wyoming All-State Jazz Band.

Woodis sent in a tape that included three prepared pieces of music, plus scales, he said, and one of the pieces included improvisational work.

Sam Woodis

His work paid off as he was named first chair tenor saxophone in the honor band.

“I was pretty happy about that,” he said.

Woodis and his fellow All-State Jazz Band musicians performed in Powell at the Northwest Jazz Festival on Thursday, March 29. Woodis had a number of solos during the concert.

“It was a great experience because everybody there is really good at what they do,” he said of the rehearsals and concert. The select band rehearsed all day on Wednesday, March 28, and until lunch on March 29.

The Rocky Mountain Jazz Choir performed during the festival, as did the Lovell High School Jazz Band.

The son of Debra Fuller and Dexter and Lisa Woodis, Sam said he would like to continue in music after high school. He plays a number of instruments: all of the saxophone family, the flute, clarinet, bass guitar and piano.

By David Peck