The Hoover “First Edition” Jazz Band is under the direction of Mrs. Sallie Vines White. The group performs at many school and civic functions throughout the school year. Membership in the group is by audition. Some of their performances over the years have included the Bluff Park Art Show, the Today Show with Willard Scott, the Young Author’s Conference, the Finley Awards Banquet, a Concert at Carnegie Hall, a performance for the “Welcome Home Celebration” for American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, the Belk regional managers “Holiday Kickoff” at the Wynfrey, the MG&A Christmas party at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Conference Center, the Hoover Invitational Marching Band Festival, the Hoover High School Touchdown Club pre-game patio parties at the Hoover Met, various school assemblies, and a number of concerts throughout the year. Each April, in support of Jazz Appreciation Month the group presents a Just Jazz Concert at which they record their annual CD.
In the summer of 2001, the group was the featured entertainment at Alabama’s Salute to President Bush at the BJCC. President George W. Bush was the speaker at that event. In the spring of 1999, the group performed in the Netherlands at the MECC in Maastricht as a part of the Easter Music Festival. In 2001 and in 2004, the group performed at the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA) State Conference. In 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005, the group competed in the Loyola University Jazz Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, where they received all “superior ratings” on stage and in sight reading. In 2002, at the All Star Music Festival in Orlando they were awarded the Grand Champion Award in the jazz category. In 2004 they performed in Scotland in association with the Easter in Edinburgh Festival. In the spring of 2005 the group performed on the Carnival Cruise ship “Holiday” en route to Cozumel, Mexico.
In March 2006, the group performed in the prestigious North Texas Jazz Festival held in Addison, TX. The group was selected by recorded audition as one of the top ten high school big bands in the nation and as a result invited to perform in this festival. Three of our students received Outstanding Soloist recognition at this festival. In March 2007, the group was once again invited to perform at the North Texas Jazz Festival. Two members of First Edition received Outstanding Soloist awards in 2007.
A hightlight for the First Edition was their selection through audition as a participating ensemble at the 2008 Savannah Jazz Music Festival. Twelve groups were selected from the national pool of applicants. The weekend proved to be a wonderful experience and their performance was rewarding. Wycliff Gordon’s preparatory clinic in Hoover was a memorabe experience! The Hoover First Edition was selected for a return performance at the 2009 SAVANNAH MUSIC FESTIVAL. They are one of twelve groups selected from a national pool of applicants for the event. Marcus Printup provided the preparatory clinic and was a hit with the students. You can see pictures of Mr. Printup with the group on his website.
The group is regularly represented in the Alabama All-State Jazz Band. In 2006, six members of First Edition were selected by audition to perform in the All-State Jazz Band, in 2007 five members were selected, in 2008 six members were selected, and eight members have been selected for the 2009 Alabama All-State Jazz Band. Seven members of the First Edition represented Hoover High in the 2010 All-State Jazz Band.
The Hoover First Edition was selected for a third consecutive year for the 2010 SAVANNAH MUSIC FESTIVAL. They are one of twelve groups selected from a national pool of 50 applicants for the event. Wycliff Gordon’s preparatory clinic in Hoover was an incredible experience! The group was included in the March, 2010 issue of “Downbeat” in their article about the Swing Central Jazz Competition
The director of First Edition, Mrs. Sallie Vines White is the past president of IAJE for the state of Alabama.
Music CDs of the “First Edition” and the “Hoover Jam” are available in the band room.
Contact Sallie White for performance information at 205-439-1328.