Berklee High School Jazz Festival Report!

The Waynflete Upper School Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo recently spent two nights in Massachusetts in order to attend the Berklee College of Music 46th Annual High School Jazz Festival in Boston.  The 2014 Berklee festival was the largest of its kind in the United States with 128 participating schools from 13 states.  The Waynflete Jazz Combo finished ahead of all Maine schools in its division and settled into 8th place (out of 13) in an extremely competitive field with schools from as far away as Idyllwild, California!

The trip ended with a safe return to Waynflete on Sunday afternoon.  The Jazz Combo will be participating in the Maine Music Educators Association District II Jazz Festival on February 27th with the goal of qualifying for the State Jazz Festival coming up March 14-15, 2014.

Berklee performance sets and participants:


Upper School Jazz Combo


The Great Stream by Pat Martino

‘Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams and Bernie Hanighen

Cakewalk by Oscar Peterson


Graham Chance ’14 – Drums

Ali Ghorashi ’15 – Piano

Max Rowe ’14 – Guitar

Joey Schnier ’14 – Electric Bass



Upper School Jazz Ensemble


Jungle Gym by Matt Harris

Imagination by Johnny Burke and James Van Heusen

Ko-Ko by Duke Ellington


Graham Chance ’14 – Drums

Stephen Epstein ’15 – Electric Bass

Matt Foshay ’17 – Alto Sax

Owen Gervais ’17 – Guitar

Ali Ghorashi ’15 – Piano

Jacob Hagler ’15 – Guitar

Julian Ireland ’15 – Tenor Sax

Boni Kabongo ’14 – Baritone Sax

Gavi King ’15 – Alto Sax

Sophia Mayone ’17 – Trombone

Jack Meahl ’17- Piano

Toby Nye ’17 – Upright Bass

Max Rowe ’14 – Guitar

Jack Weston ’16 – Piano



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