NEWPORT, Maine — Twelve RSU 19 musical groups participated in the Maine Music Educators Association District V Jazz Festival Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 26 and 27, at Stearns High School in Millinocket.
All 12 groups qualified for their respective State Jazz Festivals (Instrumental Festival March 14-15, at Hampden Academy and Vocal Festival March 28-29, at Ellsworth High School), although Nokomis’ “Hairspray” show chorus did not request a rating.
Somerset and Nokomis Show Chorus “Hairspray” show choirs earned a II rating (Meets the Standard) along with Nokomis’ Jazz Choir “Perception,” Nokomis, Somerset and Sebasticook Jazz Bands. Earning a I rating (Exceeds the Standard) were Nokomis Show Chorus “Broadway,” Jazz Choir “Vision,” Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combo, Sebasticook Show Choir, and Etna-Dixmont Jazz Band.
Many students received special recognition for their solo work.