SHS Jazz Ensemble wins national contest

By on May 4, 2014

Records with former American Idol contestant

The Spencerport High School Jazz Ensemble has won a national contest to record with former American Idol Shaun Canon on his next album.

The Hop, Skip and a Jump contest required entrants from across the country to submit a performance video last fall, which were then reviewed by a panel of judges including Canon and Jason Scheff, lead singer of the world famous band Chicago. In January, Spencerport Director of Bands John Viavattine was notified that his students won the recording session.

Nominated for an Emmy for his music video Army of Kings, Canon performed as a top contestant on American Idol, Season 7. Recently, he performed on Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo!), placed a song in Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) and performed in an L.A. rock band for Sony Records. As he continues to achieve, he opens for such major acts as Brian McKnight and Janelle Monae. His current focus has also involved advocating for music education. Thus far, he has raised over $100,000 for music programs in schools.

Canon was to be in Spencerport rehearsing with the jazz ensemble on May 1. Following the rehearsal, the SHS Jazz Ensemble traveled to Linden Oaks Recording Studio in Penfield to record the song “All The Day Long,” written by Canon.

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