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GMS Jazz Band Receives First Place in Division I at the State Jazz Festival

posted Apr 2, 2015, 5:46 AM by Dawna Green   [ updated May 11, 2015, 10:53 AM by Website Webmaster ]
Our middle school jazz band received first place in Division I at the State Jazz Festival held at Nokomis High School in Newport, Maine on the 21st of March. Our group had placed third a few times, but this was our very first top award. Outstanding individual musicianship awards were given to Edmund Paquin for trombone and drums. Our entire 8th grade trombone section received an award as well (Lars Boddie, Cam Bubblo, Cole Moore, and Edmund Paquin). Their memorized trombone feature Fast Forward, in addition to a wonderful memorized ballad (Old Friends), featuring Isaac Moore on flugelhorn were definitely difference makers for our group.

The group consists of:
6th graders: Ben Hall, Rylan Harrison, Maria Paquin, Turner Gamache, and Leif Harvey.
7th graders: Aaron Howell, Chris Theodores, TIm Ostergaard, Toby Kany, Isabella Caron, Dylan Hall, Olivia Giandrea
8th graders: Pablo Bernstiel, TIm Lester, Isaac Moore, Edmund Paquin, Lars Boddie, Cole Moore, Cam Bubblo, Mathew Smith-Erb, Jill Cass, Anna Briley, Nicolas Giandrea, Cam Sarchi, Maddie Perfetti, Ben Follett

Our 6th grade concert band received a Silver award and our 7th/8th grade concert band received a Gold Award at the Maine Band Directors' Association Festival in Scarborough on the 26th of March. Children from area schools perform graded literature in front of a live audience and judges from all over New England. Both groups received the maximum points allowed for the sight reading portion of the clinic.  More Spotlights...