La Porte High School hosted the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Jazz Festival on March 6 and 7. La Porte was one of five sites for this contest in the state. The LPHS Jazz Band and Lab Band each received a Gold Division Rating for their performances. The Boston and Kesling Middle School Jazz Bands also each received Gold Division Ratings. Fifty-five bands, orchestras, combos and choirs from northwest Indiana participated in the annual event. Groups are evaluated by a panel of three judges and are awarded a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Rating, or a Participation Award. A Gold Rating is the highest rating possible.