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6 Port Chester H.S. Students Make All-County Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Festival set for March 15.

Six Port Chester High School musicians have been named to the All-County Jazz Ensemble. 

High school musicians from Westchester County were selected for the All-County Jazz Ensemble through an audition process that took place in early January. Students will attend three rehearsals in the weeks prior to their performance. 

They will perform in the 23rd annual Westchester County School Music Association’s All-County Jazz Festival on March 15.

The student musicians are:

Samuel Brown, trombone; 9th grade

John Montemurro, trombone; 10th grade

Anthony Pellegrini, baritone saxophone; 11th grade

Brooke Pietrafesa, trumpet; 10th grade

Isabella Roca, trumpet; 10th grade 

Nate Winchester, alto saxophone; 11th grade, (selected as an alternate)

The students’ school instrumental music teacher is Robert Vitti.

Instrumentation for the Jazz Ensemble is limited to 17 musicians, including five saxophones, four each of trumpets and trombones, and a rhythm section consisting of piano, bass, guitar and drums.  Two full bands were selected, named “A” and “B”.

In addition to the All-County groups, the March 15 concert will also feature as many as four other high school Jazz Ensembles that successfully auditioned for the opportunity to perform.

The conductors for the All-County groups are trumpeter Tony Kadleck and saxophonist Matt Hong. 

The Westchester All-County Jazz Festival takes place at Ossining High School on Friday, March 15, at 8:00 PM.  Tickets will be available at the door at the cost of $10 for adults. Admission is free for students.

William Demarest (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 12:23 PM
The tradition of terrific young musicians in Port Chester continues.
Bart Didden February 05, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Music has been such a center point for the community to rally around for generations. Its so great to see if continue year after year. Congratulations to you all.

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