Ballard High School’s Jazz Band 1 has been accepted into the Swing Central Jazz Festival in Savannah, Ga., which takes place March 26 through 28.

The group is among 12 bands from throughout the country invited to this festival based on a recorded audition of an original composition. This year’s tune was an arrangement of “Straight, No Chaser,” which was performed at the school’s Fall Concert. Also submitted was a second tune of choice, “Basie Straight Ahead.”

The festival consists of jazz clinics with professional musicians, combo and big-band performances throughout Savannah and the competition itself. This is the school’s first time applying for the festival.