Grammy Nods Jazz Up UNT Band

A University of North Texas jazz band has racked up its fifth and sixth Grammy nomination.

The One O'Clock Lab Band is nominated in two categories, best large jazz ensemble album and best instrumental composition.

Some of the students said the whole thing is surreal.

“To win a Grammy (nomination), then walk in here and have all these cameras, it's like, 'Whoa,'” student Jason Hausback said.

Director Steve Wiest, who has been in charge of the group for two years, said it is more than deserving of the recognition.

"This is such an honor and really recognizes their hard work," he said.

The band was nominated for its album "Lab 2009." Wiest was nominated for his composition "Ice-Nine," which was performed by the One O'Clock Band.

Wiest submitted the band in six Grammy categories. He said more than 200 groups submitted in each of the two categories the band was nominated in.

While the band has been nominated four previous times, this will be many students' first nomination. And they said they're ready to attend their first Grammy Awards ceremony.

"I really hope Jack White is there," Scott Mulvahill said. "He's one of my musical heroes."

"Hopefully, I will find a way not to be socially awkward around some of the famous people," Jason Hausback said.

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards will be held Jan. 31.

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