• Jazz Ensembles Hit High Note at State Festival

    The GSA jazz combo Jam Bake, who came in third at the Berklee festival earlier in the year, earned a Gold Medal 1 rating from the judges with a score of 96 points.

         Individual honors for Jam Bake: Courtney Bianco ‘19 on alto sax and Edward Conte ‘19 on drums were named Division III MVPs. Outstanding soloist and musicianship awards were earned by LeeAnn Varnum ‘19, tenor sax; Courtney Bianco ‘19, alto sax; Erika Hipsky ‘20, alto sax; Duncan Howell ‘20, trombone; Elana Williamson ‘19, vibes; Tess Williamson ‘19, piano; Quinn Stabler ‘20, bass; and Edward Conte ‘19, drums.

         The GSA Jazz Band earned a Silver Medal 1 rating for their set.

         Individual honors for the GSA Jazz Band: Duncan Howell ‘20 on trombone and Edward Conte ‘19 on drums were named Division IV MVPs. Outstanding soloist and musicianship awards were earned by Quinn Stabler ‘20, bass; Erika Hipsky ‘20, alto sax; Dawsen Astbury ‘20, trumpet; Gabe Hall ‘22, trumpet; Elana Williamson ‘19, vibes; Tess Williamson ‘19, piano; Courtney Bianco ‘19, alto sax; Edward Conte ‘19, drums; LeeAnn Varnum ‘19, tenor sax; and Duncan Howell ‘20, trombone.

         Up Too Early also earned a Silver Medal 1 rating.

         Individual honors for Up Too Early: Ian Howell ‘20 on bari sax was named Multiple B Combo Division MVP. Outstanding soloist and musicianship awards were earned by LeeAnn Varnum ‘19, alto sax; Ian Howell ‘20, bari sax; Joseph Mitchell ‘20, guitar; and Dawsen Astbury ‘20, drums and whistler.

         Octessence received an Honorable Mention, as did Out Too Late.

         Individual honors for Octessence: Outstanding soloist and musicianship awards were earned by Amara Birdsall ‘21, vocals; Emma Brown ‘21, vocals; Morgan Davis ‘22, piano; and Gabe Hall ‘22, trumpet.

         Individual honors for Out Too Late: Outstanding soloist and musicianship awards were earned by Adam Mathewson ‘21, vocals; Zeke Sacaridiz ‘21, drums; River Muise ‘22, bass; and Hunter Sargent ‘20, guitar.

         Steve Orlofsky directs the GSA Jazz Band, Jam Bake, and Up Too Early. Fiona Schubeck ’08 directs Octessence and Out Too Late.