• Jazz Band Keeps Crowd Grooving

    The GSA Jazz Band took to the Grandstand Stage at the Blue Hill Fair on Aug. 31 to perform for an appreciative audience of about 250 under the direction of Steve Orlofsky.

         The band opened with "Billie Jean," then moved on to the rest of the set list, which included a popular medley of K.C. and the Sunshine Band hits, "Valero," the Average White Band's hit song "Pick up the Pieces," and more. 

         Near the end of the show, Mr. O introduced the band, mentioning the class each student is in. He noted that it was each senior's last performance with the band at the Blue Hill Fair, but then joked that he hasn't graduated from high school yet. "Forty-two years," he said, referring to his career as a music educator so far. The crowd rose to its feet, giving the director a standing ovation.

         GSA Jazz Band members who performed included 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; 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.

         Senior Duncan Howell was unable to play due to an injury sustained in an accident earlier this summer. Mr. O thanked Isla Brownlow '18 for standing in on the trombone and gave Duncan, who was in the crowd, his best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery. 

         The annual Jazz Band concert enriches the local community and enhances our reputation for arts excellence. It is just one way that we celebrate and strengthen our connections to the people of the Blue Hill Peninsula.

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