Up Too Early combo’s Asha Kirkland (left) and Dawsen Astbury perform on Feb. 27 during the District VI High School Instrumental Jazz Festival held at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill. GEORGE STEVENS ACADEMY PHOTO

GSA ensembles headed to state jazz finals



BLUE HILL — All four of George Stevens Academy’s jazz combos and its jazz band will compete at the state finals March 15-16 after earning 1 ratings Feb. 27 at the District VI High School Instrumental Jazz Festival hosted by GSA.

Besides GSA, jazz bands and combos from Brewer, Bucksport, Ellsworth, Mount Desert Island and Shead high schools participated in the District VI competition.

GSA’s Octessence combo is composed of Gabe Hall on trumpet, Hannah Dyer on tenor sax, Ruby Cossaboon on guitar, Morgan Davis on vibes and piano, Emily Whiting on bass, Bess MacArthur on drums, Amara Birdsall on vocals and Emma Brown on vocals.

Out Too Late is made up of Meredith Bradshaw Thomas on trumpet, Hunter Sargent on guitar, Juliette Claybaugh on piano, River Muise on bass, Ezekiel Sacaridiz on drums, Adam Matthewson on vocals and Bess MacArthur on alto sax.

George Stevens Academy’s combo Up Too Early includes (from left) Dawsen Astbury, Rachel Whitmore, LeeAnn Varnum, Joey Khederian, Ian Howell and Joseph Mitchell. Not shown: Asha Kirkland.
GEORGE STEVENS ACADEMY PHOTO

Jam Bake includes Erika Hipsky on alto sax and flute, Courtney Bianco on alto sax, LeeAnn Varnum on soprano and tenor sax, Duncan Howell on trombone, Elana Williamson on vibes and piano, Tess Williamson on piano and vocals, Quinn Stabler on bass and Edward Conte on drums.

Up Too Early includes LeeAnn Varnum on alto sax, Ian Howell on baritone sax, Joseph Mitchell on guitar, Rachel Whitmore on bass, Dawsen Astbury on drums, Asha Kirkland on vocals and Joey Khederian on bass.

The GSA Jazz Band includes Courtney Bianco on alto sax, Erika Hipsky on alto sax, Margaret Nevin on alto sax, LeeAnn Varnum on tenor sax, Hannah Dyer on tenor sax, Juliette Claybaugh on tenor sax, Ian Howell on baritone sax, Meredith Bradshaw Thomas on trumpet, Danielle Bianco on trumpet, Dawsen Astbury on trumpet, Gabe Hall on trumpet, Haolin Cody Yang on trumpet, Duncan Howell on trombone, Susanna Jakub on trombone, Rachel Whitmore on trombone, Elana Williamson on vibes, Tess Williamson on piano, Quinn Stabler on bass and Edward Conte on drums.

The Maine State High School Instrumental Jazz Festival takes place Friday-Saturday, March 15-16, at South Portland High School. For more info, call 374-2808.

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