For the first time since it was founded in 1999, the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival featured Columbus Academy musicians on September 19.

Our 26-member Jazz Ensemble, consisting of students in grades 8-12, performed the opening set on the event's final day in front of an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd.

Our students were joined on stage by professional musicians Eddie Bayard and Milo Mannino, who are both close friends of band director Jessica Sneeringer.

"I am so incredibly proud of the work these students put into today’s performance," Sneeringer stated shortly after the show. "I hope these kids remember how good they felt for a long time, I know I will!"