• Jazz Band Entertains Fairgoers for 25th Year

    The George Stevens Academy Jazz Band wowed the crowd with a powerful performance at the Blue Hill Fair on September 1.

          The set list touched 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” were a few of the songs featured. Adam Mathewson sang a couple of numbers during the show, and numerous band members performed solos for the appreciative and enthusiastic audience.

          GSA Jazz Band members who performed at the fair were 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, freshman; 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 band started practicing for the show on August 22.