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  • GSA Musical Events

     

    GSA's Jazz Band plays at the Blue Hill Fair every year under Steve Orlofsky's direction. This year's 25th consecutive performance took place on the Grandstage Stage on Sept. 1 at noon.

          The 2018-2019 GSA Jazz Band is Courtney Bianco, alto sax I, senior; Erika Hipsky, alto sax I, junior; Margaret Nevin, alto sax II, sophomore; LeeAnn Varnum, tenor sax I, senior; Hannah Dyer, tenor sax II, sophomore; Ian Howell, baritone sax, junior; Meredith Bradshaw Thomas, trumpet I, senior; Danielle Bianco, trumpet I, senior; Dawsen Astbury, trumpet II, junior; Gabe Hall, trumpet III, freshmen; Cody Haolin Yang, trumpet IV, senior; Duncan Howell, trombone I, junior; Susanna Jakub, trombone II, senior; Adam Mathewson, trombone III, sophomore; Rachel Whitmore, trombone IV, sophomore; Elana Williamson, vibes, senior; Tess Williamson, piano, senior; Juliette Claybaugh, piano, sophomore; Quinn Stabler, bass, junior; and Edward Conte, drums, senior.

     

    The Holiday Concert in early December is an annual performance for the public at the school by the GSA Band, the GSA Jazz Band, combos, the Planet Pan Steel Band and others.

     

    Planet Pan Steel Band is a community steel band directed by Fiona Schubeck, who teaches Steel Band classes at GSA. In addition to performing at the school in the Holiday Concert and at other school events, the band performs and teaches around the state.

     

    Schedule of Performances by the GSA Band, Jazz Band, combos, and Holiday Angels this winter*

    Friday, Dec. 7, 5:40 P.M., the GSA Band plays before the girls' basketball game vs. Deer Isle-Stonington (note: this game starts at 6 P.M.). 

    Saturday, Dec. 8, 3 P.M., the Period 5 Combo plays for the Blue Hill Public Library Holiday Party.

    Sunday, Dec. 9, 8:45 A.M., the GSA Band plays for Wreaths Across America at the Maine Coast Mall in Ellsworth. 

    Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6:40 P.M., the GSA Band plays before the boys' 7 o'clock basketball game vs Deer Isle-Stonington.

    Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1:45 P.M., the Holiday Angels play at Parker Ridge.

    Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6:40 P.M., the GSA Jazz Band plays before the girls' 7 o'clock basketball game vs. Narraguagus.

    Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6:40 P.M. the GSA Band plays before the boys' 7 o'clock basketball game vs. Bucksport.

    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Jan. 3-5, Elana Williamson, Gabe Hall, and Edward Conte play at the All-State Jazz Festival in South Portland.

    Monday, Jan. 7, 6:40 P.M., the GSA Band plays before the girls' 7 o'clock basketball game vs. Lee.

    Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6:40 P.M., the GSA Jazz Band plays before the boys' 7 o'clock basketball game vs. Mattanawcook.

    Monday, Jan. 14, 6:40 P.M., the GSA Band plays before the boys' 7 o'clock basketball game vs. Sumner.

    Tuesday, Jan. 22, 6:40 P.M., the GSA Band plays before the girls' 7 o'clock basketball game vs. Ellsworth.

    Thursday, Jan. 24, the District Honors Music Fest takes place in Ellsworth, snow day Friday.

    Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, Period 5 Combo competes at the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival in Boston.

    Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6:40 P.M., the GSA Band plays before the girls' 7 o'clock basketball game vs. Bucksport.

    Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:40 P.M., the GSA Band plays before the boys' 7 o'clock basketball game vs. Narraguagus.

    (If either varsity basketball team qualifies for the tourney play, the GSA Band will perform at the Cross Center during vacation, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, Feb. 19, 22, and 23)

    Wednesday, Feb. 27, GSA's Jazz Band and four combos will perform at the District High School Instrumental Jazz Festival, location to be announced. Snow day, Thursday.

    Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, GSA's Jazz Band and four combos will perform at the State High School Instrumental Jazz Festival at South Portland High School. 

     *The schedule is subject to change due to weather. The most up-to-date game schedule is on our athletics page

     

  • Music Teachers

    Steve Orlofsky

    Steve Orlofsky

    Steve Orlofsky teaches music at George Stevens Academy and directs the GSA Band, GSA Jazz Band, and GSA Jazz Combos.

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    Fiona Schubeck  

    Fiona Schubeck

    Fiona Schubeck teaches steel band at George Stevens Academy. She directs those classes in performances in addition to directing Planet Pan Steel Band. 

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