One of Iowa’s elite high school jazz bands had their season cut short when COVID-19 related closures stopped all activities in the state of Iowa this spring — taking away performances at the Iowa Jazz Championships, Noce Jazz Club, Tamory Hall, Showcase, and Tulip Time.

Instead of dwelling on what might have been, Pella Jazz I took advantage of what they could do, and the 2019-20 ensemble performed together for the final time during Pella’s 4th of July celebration Saturday night.


An hour long set was played with some of the best hits of the group from the past school year, in front of a crowd gathered on Franklin Street and in Central Park surrounding the main stage of the Tulip Toren.


Special presentation of Pella Jazz from April 2020, aired on 92.1 KRLS: