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AE Capital City Weekly When the Thunder Mountain Jazz Band took the stage on the night of Feb. 2, high school junior Katelin Kalbaugh was excited. At their sound check earlier in the day, they played with guest trumpeters Dale Curtis and Walt Simonsen for the first time. When the students and professionals played that first chord, “we were all together,” Kalbaugh said in amazement. “It was really nice.”

Collaborating with music masters: Alaska students embrace the Sitka Jazz Festival

Gary Pratt directs the All Alaska Jazz Band at the 23rd year of the Sitka Jazz Festival. Photo by Bobbi Jordan | For the Capital City Weekly
Gary Pratt directs the All Alaska Jazz Band at the 23rd year of the Sitka Jazz Festival. Photo by Bobbi Jordan | For the Capital City Weekly
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