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OMS Jazz Bands Strike Gold, Silver at Middle School Jazz Festival

The O’Donnell Middle School Wednesday Jazz Band and 6th Grade Jazz Band were honored for their performances at the recent MAJE Middle School Jazz Festival, a regional competition held at Stoughton High.

The following is from the Stoughton Public Schools Music Department:

The Stoughton Public Schools Music Department hosted the 2013 MAJE Middle School Jazz Festival on Thursday, May 9 at Stoughton High School. This festival was sponsored by the Massachusetts  Association for Jazz Education.

Middle school bands from Stoughton, Mattapoisett, Easton, Hull, East Bridgewater, Norwood, Rochester, Medfield, Needham and Foxborough attended this year's festival.

The OMS 6th Grade Jazz Band directed by Ann Dorgan received a Silver Medal for their strong performance.

Three 6th grade students were recognized for their individual performances and received Outstanding Musicianship certificates. Students who received certificates included Hanna Holden on clarinet, Alessandra Loffredo on flute, and Andrew Elmowitz on the drum set.

The OMS Wednesday Jazz Band directed by John Kearns earned a Gold Medal for their fine performance.

Janelle Gibson, alto saxophone; Angel Camilo, bass; and Andrew Crean, tenor saxophone also received Outstanding Musicianship awards.

After the each band's performance, students attended a clinic by one of the adjudicators at the festival. Jim O'Dell, Associate Dean of the Boston Conservatory, was the clinician for both the 6th Grade Jazz Band and the Wednesday Jazz Band.

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