BAR HARBOR — Jazz bands and combos from Mount Desert Island High School fared well at the State High School Instrumental Jazz Festival, with the Darth Vader band taking second place in the Division III jazz band competition.
Two bands – Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi – and three combos from the high school competed in the state festival at South Portland High School on March 26 and 27.
Darth Vader, directed by Dan Granholm, received a 1 rating from the judges and placed second of 12 bands in the division. A 1 rating is the top ranking. Bands from John Bapst Memorial High School and Old Town High School placed first and third, respectively.
Darth Vader performed “Hey Mama, Your Samba’s On Fire,” “Makin’ Whoopee” and “Body and Soul.” Members include Chris Clemens, Sean Cox, Emily Dunbar, Elizabeth Dunbar, Rebecca Edgecomb, Gordon Falt, Carl Ferm, Elizabeth Gilley, Matt Harkins, Lily Horton, Summer Keith, Adam Perruzzi, Iz Robichaud-Ward, Jarrett Sanner, Emily Schaefer, Jeffrey Servetas, Jordan Servetas and Axl Wallingford.
The judges awarded Carl Ferm an Outstanding Musician Award for his alto saxophone solo on the ballad “Body and Soul.”
Outstanding Musician Awards also were presented to Keating McFarland on trumpet and Ian Sampson on drums, for their performance with the Obi-Wan Kenobi band.
In the jazz combo competition, Abubica G and Cloud City received 1 ratings from the judges. Ned Ferm directs both combos.
The Abubica G combo, formerly known as Salcious Crumb, took third place in its division. Members are Elizabeth Dunbar, piano; Emily Dunbar and Rebecca Edgecomb, trumpet; Adam Perruzzi, trombone; Summer Keith, drums; Iz Robichaud-Ward, tenor saxophone; and Bethany Sanborn, bass. They performed “Willow Weep for Me,” “The Girl from Ipanema” and “Mr. Lonely.”
The Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi bands are set to perform on Friday, May 7 at a jazz dance at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor.
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