Congratulations to Alex Ross and Aidan Babbitt who have been chosen for the American Choral Directors’ Association Eastern Division High School Honors Choir! They were selected by electronic audition/submission including students from Maine to Washington, DC. They will be traveling to Pittsburgh, PA in March to work with and perform under the direction of an internationally recognized conductor. Congratulations!!
The annual Hampden Academy Music Association General Meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC balcony.
Congratulations to the Hampden Academy Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble for their Gold Medal Performances at the Maine State H.S. Instrumental Jazz Festival.
Bailey Giles and Noah Gardner – Outstanding Musicianship Awards in Jazz Combo Division 1.
Maxx Meether – Dale Huff Most Outstanding Musicianship Award for Division 1 Combo and Division 2 Jazz Bands.
Bailey Giles – Outstanding Musicianship Award for Division II Jazz Bands.
Congratulations to the following Jazz Groups for their performances at the Berklee College Jazz Festival on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.
Here is a link to the Night Finals concert – https://whoufm.com/2016-maine-instrumental-jazz-festival-march-12-2016/
Congratulations to the Hampden Academy Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble for their Gold Award performances at the Maine State High School Instrumental Jazz Festival in South Portland. The Jazz Ensemble qualified for the Night Finals Performance with a score of 99 out of 100 and are the State Champions in Div. 2!! Bailey Giles and Jake Michaud also received Outstanding Musicianship Awards.
Hampden Academy Jazz Ensemble Near Perfection
By Patrick Michaud | BDN
Posted March 20, 2015, at 12 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2015, at 2:31 p.m.
On Saturday, March 14th, the Hampden Academy Jazz Ensemble participated in the Maine State High School Instrumental Jazz Festival in South Portland. They were on a quest to repeat last year’s State Championship in Division 2.
They qualified for the State Festival by participating in the District V Jazz Festival held on Feb. 12th at Ridgeview Community School in Dexter. They received a score of 98 out of 100. Their goal for the State Jazz Fest was a perfect score.
At the State Festival in South Portland, they received an average score of 94 out of 95 from 3 judges for their performance of 3 selections which included “Swingin’ for the Fences” by Gordon Goodwin, “Gentle Rain” by Kris Berg and “Better Get Hit in Your Soul’ by Charles Mingus. Soloists included Eiji Frey on Trombone, Dan Rice on Piano, Bailey Giles on Tenor Sax, Jake Michaud on Drums, Noah Gardner on Trumpet, Josh Redmond on Trombone, Reba Sands on Flute and Nate Haiden on Bass. Each soloist received a superior rating for their Solo. In addition, Bailey Giles and Jake Michaud were 2 of the 5 soloists from Div. 2 to receive an Outstanding Musicianship Award.
After their performance, the ensemble proceeded to a sightreading room where they performed a short composition that they had never played before. They scored 5 out of 5 giving them a total score of 99 out of 100.
The band qualified for the Night Finals concert where they attained their goal and became the State Champions in Division 2.
All K-8 RSU 22 students have been invited to a performance which will occur in the next couple weeks at the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center. Jazz Ensemble students will also talk with the students about the dedication it takes to achieve excellence in music. In addition, on Friday, May 8th at 7 p.m., they will be performing with world acclaimed and award winning Baritone Saxophonist, Gary Smulyan.
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