Entering school’s jazzy season: Concerts, festivals and a call for parent help

Above: Students performing with last year’s Guest Artist on Jazz Night. This year’s event will kickoff the start of a festival-packed month. (Photo by Teplansky Photography from NSMA Facebook page)

March is a hopping month for 6th-12th grade musicians and singers, especially Algonquin’s jazz performers.

Next week, ARHS holds its annual Jazz Night. This year’s musical guest is Jerry Secco, a trumpet player and Berklee professor. Secco will perform with the jazz bands and jazz choir from ARHS and the middle schools.

The concert takes place Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 pm in the ARHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free to NSMA members.

On March 11, the high school is hosting their district’s MAJE* festival for high school jazz bands. They’ll be hoping to repeat last year’s success with bands moving on to state competitions.

On March 14th, district jazz musicians and singers will travel to the Clark Terry UNH Jazz Festival. Last year, both town’s middle schoolers and ARHS students made high ranks.

Topping off the month, ARHS will host another high school musical festival. This one is for all choral groups, not just jazz. The annual MICCA** Choral festival will be held March 27 and 28. (MICCA’s Instrumental Festival is also slated for the end of march. That location is TBA.)

With so much happening, the Northborough Southborough Music Association needs some extra hands.

So, parents of musicians and singers, consider signing up to help out with the MAJE and MICCA festivals. Click here to open a pdf with volunteer details and signup contact information.

*MAJE = Massachusetts Association of Jazz Educators’ festival is competitive.

**MICCA = The Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association

Updated (2/24/15/ 5:56 pm): Got confirmation that the middle schools are also participating in ARHS Jazz Night.

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