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Hopkinton High School Jazz Ensemble Performs at MAJE States

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HHS Jazz Ensemble

The HHS Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Jeremy Dodge, performed at the State Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education (MAJE) Festival on Saturday, March 25, at Norwood High School. The Jazz Ensemble was awarded a Gold Award at the 2023 MAJE Central District Festival on March 1st, earning the opportunity to perform at the State Festival. The group earned a Gold Award this past weekend for their performances. Individual awards for Outstanding Musicians went to Ryan Hwang (drums), Abigail Baskin (piano), and JJ Bahri (trombone).

Members of the HHS Jazz Ensemble include Natalie Bouffard, Erik Berlin, and Prithvi Venkatesh on alto saxophone, Tarun Prasanna and Alper Rozy on tenor saxophone,: Camryn August on bari saxophone, Brian Gu, Alex Stephan, Jayson DeLong, Ariana Scheidel, and Sadie Wein on trumpet, JJ Bahri, Evan Yurewicz, Adi Machiraju (bass bone), Abhinav Vaddadi, and Aman Kumar on trombone, Ryan Hwang and Lucas Pereira on drums, Lily Brown on bass, Sidhi Danda and Rathish Senthikumar on guitar, Alice Potapov and Abigail Baskin (bass, too) on piano, and Jordyn Ahlstrom-Hall as vocalist.

Jazz Night for the high school and middle school ensembles is scheduled for April 12 at 7pm in the High School auditorium. The Gold Award at the State level gives this group of young musicians the opportunity to play at the Hatch Shell Boston Esplanade on May 7th, 2023.

Photo credits: Julie Paul Brown

(Photos are from MAJE Central District 1 Festival at Nipmuc High School held March 1, 2023)