KCKCC DownBeat Magazine Recognition

The KCKCC Music Department, for the fourth year in row, was recognized by DownBeat Magazine and earned six 2020 Student Music Awards. The DownBeat Student Music Award are the highest honor in the nation for student jazz musicians. In the last four years, the KCKCC Music Department has received 14 Student Music Awards. Our 2020 awards are the following (Community College Category): 

High School Honor Jazz Choir Division: 

– 2019 Oklahoma All-State Jazz Choir (directed by Justin Binek): Outstanding Performance 

– 2019 Oklahoma All-State Jazz Choir (directed by Justin Binek): Outstanding Soloist, Sarah Teell

Community College Division: 

– The Standard Vocal Jazz Ensemble (directed by John Stafford): Winner of the Blues/Pop/Rock category 

– The Standard Vocal Jazz Ensemble (directed by John Stafford): Co-Winner of the Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble category 

– Outstanding soloist, Noah Haskin, for scat solo on The Standard’s recording of Binek’s composition, Reparations 

– Adam Bender (applied jazz voice student of Justin Binek): Outstanding Performance in the Vocal Jazz Soloist category