News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 30, 2018
GSA Jazz Band to entertain Blue Hill Fairgoers for 25th year

The George Stevens Academy Jazz Band

Members of the GSA Jazz Band rehearse under the direction of Steve Orlofsky for their performance at the Blue Hill Fair on Saturday, September 1, at noon.

Photo courtesy of George Stevens Academy

The thump of bumper cars, the mooing, bleating and neighing of barnyard animals, and the chatter of folks who see each other only on this one long weekend a year are among the familiar sounds of the Blue Hill Fair, a longstanding Labor Day weekend tradition in Hancock County.

Another such sound is that of the George Stevens Academy Jazz Band, which will take to the Grandstand Stage under the direction of Steve Orlofsky for the 25th year in a row on Saturday, September 1, at noon, according to a news release from GSA.

The band and Mr. O., as the students call him, started evening rehearsals for this performance on August 22. The set list touches on several jazz genres, including big band, funk, bossa nova, swing and soul. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” “Cissy Strut,” “Mas Que Nada” and “Green Onions” are just a few of the songs expected to be featured.

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