Congratulations to VCS Radio Jazz on their SMA (Student Music Award) 2018!  VCS Radio Jazz won Outstanding Performance Winner for Large Jazz Ensemble, High School Outstanding Performance.  You can see the full list of winners in DownBeat Magazine’s June 2018 publication, available at

The DownBeat Student Music Awards are considered the most prestigious awards in jazz education. Founded in 1976, hundreds of musicians, music educators and music industry professionals received their first international recognition as DownBeat Student Music Award winners. At least six winners have gone on to appear on the cover of DownBeat as professional artists. Scores have been featured in the magazine and have won either Critics or Readers Poll honors. Even before becoming professionals, the awards have helped young musicians garner more than $10 million in scholarship opportunities, perhaps much more. Being a DownBeat Student Music Award winner is an accomplishment line on any college application.