FA Students Join UM Buddy Defranco and MMEA Maine State Jazz Festivals
This January, Fryeburg Academy’s after-school jazz groups were able to resume limited rehearsals (following specific CDC guidelines for spacing, ventilation, masking, instrument covers, and rehearsal length), which allowed us to begin preparation for the spring virtual jazz festivals.
The FA Big Band and one of our jazz combos created videos in March and April to submit to the MMEA Maine State Jazz Festival and the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival at the University of Montana. And, due to the CDC guidelines, we had to be quite creative in our big band set-up.
In the coming weeks, our jazz groups will receive critiques, ratings, and potential awards from Maine State Jazz Festival adjudicators. As in past years, our ensembles will receive a “Gold” “Silver” or “Bronze” rating if the adjudicators feel the ensembles are worthy of these distinctions.
As part of the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival both the combo and big band received clinics via Zoom from the jazz festival clinicians. Adjudicators may also choose to recognize individuals or sections in our ensembles for awards.
While live festivals offer a much richer experience, the virtual platform allowed our students to connect with nationally-renowned educators throughout the country. The challenges of recording high quality videos of our ensembles also provided an excellent real-world music experience. We look forward to returning to live performance, and our virtual jazz festival project provided the bridge needed to keep jazz on the FA campus alive.
FA COMBO MEMBERS
Ethan St. Pierre ’24: Drums Riccardo DeMaria ’21: Piano
On Thursday, November 18th, Fryeburg Academy celebrated the fall sports season with its annual fall sports awards assembly held in the Wadsworth Arena. The following student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding performance during the fall 2021-22 season:
Beginning in the month of October, the Goldberg Gallery will host the work of Isaac Rader. Rader, a 2013 graduate of Fryeburg Academy, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and has studied at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. He is a member of the Mount Washington Valley Art Association and has shown at many local venues throughout the Mount Washington Valley.
This past March, the Space Raiders purchased a 9.25” refractor telescope with a computer-controlled motorized “go-to” mount and camera adapter. Thanks to the generous donations from the Perloff Family Foundation, The Lucas Spencer Passion Fund, and Sally and Jim Gibson of Fryeburg, the purchase was possible. The telescope purchase helps to further our mission for viewing and astrophotography of the planets, stars, galaxies, nebula, and comets. We will be having open viewing events on campus and at the OLRC barn as weather and schedules permit.
The Fryeburg Academy Board of Trustees has appointed two new board members: Renee C. Thomas ‘84, and Nicola Soares ‘86. Both women hail from Bermuda and spent their Academy years as students in its boarding program.
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