Phelan Gallagher directs the GSA Jazz Band at the academy’s spring concert in June. The GSA alum has taken over the jazz program from Steve Orlofsky, who retired recently. PHOTO COURTESY OF GEORGE STEVENS ACADEMY

GSA Jazz Band to play at Blue Hill Fair for the 27th time

BLUE HILL — For the 27th time, the George Stevens Academy Jazz Band will perform at noon Saturday, Sept. 4, at the Blue Hill Fair.

For the first time in the GSA jazz program’s history, someone other than Steve Orlofsky will take up the baton to conduct the concert on stage at the fair’s grandstand. Orlofsky retired in June. That someone is 2002 GSA graduate Phelan Gallagher, who said, “I am truly honored and humbled to be taking over for such an inspiring, well-loved educator.”

“I think he’ll do great,” Orlofsky said. “He went through the program. I think the kids related to him in a big way when he conducted them [as part of the job interview process]. He was a jazz major, and he went for his education degree, for a master’s, so I think he’s really got the goods to do it.”

Judging from the 11-song tentative set list of classics like “Summertime” and “Earth, Wind & Fire,” familiar favorites “Cissy Strut” and “Sing, Sing, Sing” and a new arrangement of “Careless Whisper,” Gallagher is just as comfortable as Orlofsky was at mixing things up musically.

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