You've probably never heard of these guys. That's because we haven't put out an album yet! Anyway, the Jazz Disciples is the jazz band that I'm in. We have 5 trumpets, 5 saxes, 3 trombones, a 4-piece rhythm section (including yours truly on bass guitar) and 4-part vocals. It's got a swing/big band feel to it, but it's definitely jazz! So last weekend (Feb 7-8) we were in a statewide Christian music competition. We played the semifinals on Saturday, which was our first time playing outside of our church. We ended up getting 300 points out of a possible 300, a standing ovation, and a call for an encore! We were later told that no one had ever had a call for an encore at the semifinals in the 14 years they've done this contest. Anyway, out of about 40 groups in our category (group, adult-oriented), the top three groups (us and two others) went on to the finals the next day at the Seattle Center. So when we get there on Sunday, people already knew who we were, which was really weird. Our category ends up being about halfway through the contest (there were many categorys, including youth, rock groups, songwriting, etc.). After our performance, a few people told us that they thought they might have a shot at winning grand prize, but not after they saw us play! Anyway, we won first in our category, and took an unofficial second place overall. They only voted on one grand prize winner from all the category winners, but we got two votes for grand prize winner, and the girl that won it all took the other four votes. Plus we were given a couple of offers to record, and several different offers to play a show, including the Bite of Seattle, which is a big summertime event up here. A very cool weekend indeed - and my first musical competition ever. Anyway, just wanted to share the news with everyone!