News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 20, 2014
GSA jazz musicians win top honors at state championships

The George Stevens Academy Jazz Band

The George Stevens Academy Jazz Band continues the school’s winning jazz tradition at the Maine State Jazz Championships on March 14 and 15, 2014.

Photo courtesy of Gaye Marie Rogers

At the 2014 State Jazz Festival on March 14 and 15, the GSA Jazz Band and “Resonation” Jazz Combo earned first-place honors, according to a news release from the school. It is GSA’s 10th State Jazz Band Championship since 2003 and 16th since 1989. In the past 27 years, the GSA Jazz Band has placed first, second or third in all but two years.

In their respective divisions this year, “7-Up” placed second, “Dissonance” placed third and “OCHO” placed fourth.

GSA musicians earned 11 out of a possible 20 Most Valuable Player Awards, including OCHO’s Charcy Ye, vibes; Resonation’s Mariah Reinke, bass and Raine Smith, vocals; 7-Up’s Joseph Boulet, drums and Nicholas Steenberg, guitar. Three-time MVP award winners were Oliver Scott, piano and bass, and David Reinke who played three different instruments: piano, vibes and drums.

Baxter Forrest of the George Stevens Academy Jazz Band

Baxter Forrest takes a solo on the saxophone. At the Maine State Jazz Championships on March 14 and 15, 2014.

Photo courtesy of Gaye Marie Rogers
The George Stevens Academy Jazz Band

The George Stevens Academy Jazz Band continues the school’s winning jazz tradition at the Maine State Jazz Championships on March 14 and 15, 2014.

Photo courtesy of Gaye Marie Rogers