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Jazzing it up for District VI
On February 27, and for the second year running, George Stevens Academy hosted the District VI High School Instrumental Jazz Festival, where 19 jazz bands and combos from nine high schools performed. “It’s a testament to everybody—the parents, staff and students…They’re the best,” said Steve Orlofsky, director of instrumental music at GSA. “And it’s nice to play for the home crowd.” The GSA Jazz Band received a final score of 96 for a I rating and will play at the state instrumental jazz festival Saturday, March 16, at Houlton. All four combos—Riff Raff, Tate’s Tots, Sax in the City and varsity combo Lucy and the Diamonds—also qualified for the state fest; they will play on Friday, March 15.
The GSA Jazz Band at the District VI High School Instrumental Jazz Festival
George Stevens Academy jazz combo Riff Raff scores an 77 and a II rating at the District VI jazz fest at GSA—and qualifies for the state competition on March 15 at Houlton. From left, Kenzie Tefft on bass, Soyoung Ihm and Sara Tallent on flute.
George Stevens Academy varsity jazz combo Lucy and the Diamonds received a 93.5 score and a I rating at the District VI jazz fest at GSA, and will go onto the state competition on March 15 at Houlton. From left, Lucy Jakub on vibes, Gavin Rogers on drums, Oliver Scott on bass, Nicholas Steenberg on guitar and Peter Howell on trombone.
George Stevens Academy jazz combo Sax in the City scores an 84.5 and a II rating at the District VI jazz fest at GSA—and qualifies for the state competition on March 15 at Houlton. From left, Matthew Stevens on bass, Edward Lameyer on guitar, Lorona Stephens on vocals, Beck Brownlow on tenor sax, Nate Cole and Andre Reinero on baritone sax.
“Don’t be shy. Let it all hang out.” George Stevens Academy music director Steve Orlofsky preps members of Tate’s Tots before their performance.
George Stevens Academy jazz combo Tate’s Tots scores an 78 and a II rating at the District VI jazz fest at GSA—and qualifies for the state competition on March 15 at Houlton. From left, Aidan Byrne on bass; Clover Slagle on vocals; Tate Yoder on trombone; Rowan Levangie Thomas on trumpet; Baxter Forrest on clarinet; Catherine Nevin on tenor sax and Alex Witting and Grace Hylan on alto sax.
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