The College of the Canyons Jazz Ensemble won first place in the community college division at the 45th annual Reno Jazz Festival held at the University of Nevada, Reno, from April 26 through 28. The largest jazz festival and competition of its kind in the western United States, last year’s festival attracted more than 10,000 participants and guests from all over the nation. “Our students represented us well and we received positive comments from all three nationally recognized adjudicators, our clinician, and many new friends and colleagues in attendance,” said K.C. Manji, music director at College of the Canyons. “This was our first appearance at the Reno Jazz Festival and it was a terrific experience for our students who listened and learned from other clinicians, bands and performing artists.” The award-winning COC Jazz Ensemble will perform its annual spring concert featuring pop tunes and jazz favorites at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the COC Performing Arts Center. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For more information about the Jazz Ensemble or how to purchase tickets for the spring concert, please visit the college’s Web site at www.canyons.edu. Stephanie Corral is an intern in the public information office at College of the Canyons. She posted this story May 7 on the Santa Clarita Valley hub on valleynews.com.