News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 22, 2019
GSA Jazz Band to entertain fairgoers for 26th year

GSA Jazz Band to entertain fairgoers

Steve Orlofsky directs the GSA Jazz Band at last year’s Blue Hill Fair. The band will entertain fairgoers again this year on Saturday, August 31, at noon.

Photo courtesy of George Stevens Academy

Big band, funk and swing will join the thump of bumper cars and the chatter of fairgoers when the George Stevens Academy Jazz Band takes the stage at the Blue Hill Fair under the direction of Steve Orlofsky on Saturday, August 31, at noon.

The band and Mr. O., as many call him, started two weeks of evening rehearsals for this performance on August 21, according to a news release from the school. “All those hours of practice are sure to result in a thoroughly entertaining show, which will include numbers like the upbeat Latin ‘Valero,’ the familiar funk tune ‘Pick Up the Pieces,’ and a jazz arrangement of Prince’s ‘Thieves in the Temple,’” the release stated.

GSA Jazz Band members set to perform are Erika Hipsky, alto sax, senior; Margaret Nevin, alto sax, junior; Gianna Codega, tenor sax, freshman; Jenna Blodgett, tenor sax, freshman; Ian Bowden, tenor sax, freshman; Ian Howell, baritone sax, senior; Gabe Hall, trumpet, sophomore; Dawsen Astbury, trumpet, senior; Will MacArthur, trumpet, sophomore; Kelly McKay, trumpet, sophomore; Hannah Webb, trumpet, freshman; Duncan Howell, trombone, senior; Chloe Sheehan, trombone, sophomore; Nora Spratt, trombone, freshman; Joseph Mitchell, guitar, senior; Morgan Davis, vibes, sophomore; Juliette Claybaugh, piano, junior; Quinn Stabler, bass, senior; and Zeke Sacaridiz, drums, junior.

The Jazz Band concert is just one way GSA enriches the local community and strengthens its reputation for arts excellence.

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