Tough losses, wins to ‘distance’ music

The recently regrouped CHS Jazz Choir was set to compete at the Reno Jazz Festival this spring. From left, Josiah Lee, Hugo Taura and Brandon Moehlmann perform during the Feb. 1 Saucy Jazz fundraiser.

Switching to distance learning posed a challenge to Creswell’s school music program: how to meaningfully substitute virtual classes for the in-person practice necessary to become highly skilled bands and choirs.

And Creswell High singers and instrumentalists are skillful, winning and placing at prestigious festivals in the Northwest and Reno and performing at Disneyland.

This spring . . .