BAR HARBOR — George Stevens Academy jazz musicians captivated judges and captured multiple firsts at the 2011 High School Instrumental State Jazz Festival held Friday-Saturday, March 18-19, at Mount Desert Island High School.
Competing in Division 4, the George Stevens Academy Jazz Band Saturday won first in the Varsity Jazz Band category. The group’s members include: Anne Ames (trumpet), Nicole Bakeman (alto sax), Sam Eley (drums), Peter Howell (trombone), Lucy Jakub (vibes), Bjorn Peterson (guitar), Emmet Scott (piano) and Lorna Stephens (tenor sax). GSA was followed by Houlton High School in second and Maine Central Institute (MCI) in third place. GSA pianist Emmet Scott won Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Steve Orlofsky, GSA’S music director, says the first was especially gratifying since GSA did not place at the 2010 State High School Instrumental State Jazz Festival. Last year’s performance was a harsh blow since GSA had won first a total of 13 times between 1989 and 2009.
“I was just so proud and happy for them because they were determined to perform well,” Orlofsky related Monday. “They played like professional musicians. They were very composed.”