Jazz ensemble to perform March 20 at St. Stephen’s

MIDDLEBURY — As part of St. Stephen’s Lenten Recital Series, The Middlebury Union High School Jazz Ensemble, also known as “Midd Jazz” will be performing a concert on Thursday, March 30, at 12:15 p.m. The auditioned ensemble meets daily for 40 minutes and is made up of students from grades 9-12. The ensemble has performed for 25 years at the Vermont Association for Jazz Education, placing first the past 10 years.
The ensemble recently competed at the Berklee College Jazz Festival, a national competition, placing first in their division and the fifth highest score out of 208 ensembles. The ensemble has several students who have performed in the Green Mountain District Festival, with 12 performing in both Concert Band and Jazz Districts this year, and the following to perform in May with the Vermont All State Ensembles — four in Jazz Ensemble, three in Concert Band and two in Orchestra.
Two students were selected to perform at the Eastern Honors Festival this April — one each in Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble and one student performed this fall in the National Honors Band Festival.  The Ensemble is directed by Anne Severy, who has been a music educator for 36 years, teaching at MUHS since 1986.
The Ensemble will be performing their selections from the Berklee and VTAJE Festivals from composers John Coltrane, Jimmy Van Heusen and Dave Brubeck as well as other charts. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Main St., Middlebury. The event is free.

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