Bejazzled concert fund-raiser featured many alumni

Bejazzled, an evening of jazz in Arlington featuring jazz alumni, is set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 13, at Lowe Auditorium, Arlington High School.

Former students of all Arlington public schools' jazz ensembles and band are to perform music of Miller, Brubeck, Hancock, Zawinul, Gillespie and Pastorius, among others.

This jazz concert fund-raiser will benefit all the Arlington public schools jazz ensembles.

Tickets are available at Mktickets.com, at the door, in the AHS main office, by phone, via email.

For information, call 781-316-3660 or email sdagostino at arlington.k12.ma.us

Every other year, in June, the Performing Arts Department at Arlington High School, closes out the year with a spectacular showcase of Jazz. The brainchild of AHS Jazz Band Director Tino D’Agostino, Bejazzled has become a much-anticipated event that is almost always sold out in advance.

Besides featuring the award-winning AHS Jazz Band, which earned a second-place rating in its division at the International Berklee High School Jazz festival in March, the concert also welcomes back alumni from AHS Jazz Bands of the past.

Alumni are contacted by D'Agostino early in the year, who once he confirms their participation, begins the arduous process of forming the various combinations of instrumentalists, assigning the individual parts, arranging a rehearsal schedule and finally rehearsing all the participants in the few days leading up to the concert. While the "core" band is always the current AHS band, alumni are mixed and matched to form the different ensembles. Thus far, 67 alumni have signed on for this year's program.

Another wonderful aspect of Bejazzled is the participation of the Ottoson Middle School Jazz Band under the direction of Paula Demetrio. The band performs its selections to the delight of the audience who can already imagine the young players in the ranks of the high school ensemble in future years. Occasionally, both ensembles have performed together.

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Alumni planning to participate plus year of graduation are:

Aaron Wolf '07

Adam Kaminski '13

Alex Takats '10

Alex Travassos '12

Alex Wallach-Hanson ‘10

Aly Britt '10

Andy Winslow ‘12

Anne Woodbury ‘03

Antoine Malfroy ‘13

Bart Buurman ‘13

Ben Matlack ‘11

Brian Biciocchi ‘07

Cyrus Vatan ‘06

Chris Magni, '05

Dan Johnson ‘00

Dan Maser ‘07

Dave Santino '01

David Jokinen '06

David Rocha ‘12

David Storch ‘10

Eliot Johnston, ‘05

Elizabeth Streitfield, ‘11

Emma Whitford 08

Eric Dramstad ‘05

Greg Magni ‘10

Griffin MacCarn ‘12

Guy Zagami ‘07

Hazel Briner ‘07

Isaac Toppa ‘07

Jack Breslin ‘07

Jeremy Bingham ‘09

Jeremy Lee ‘12

John Coglianese ‘07

John Efromson ‘08

John Roche ‘09

John Zurek ‘06

Julia Rocha ‘08

Julia Weinberg '12

Karim Georges '05

Luke Weaver ‘08

Lyle Cadorette '12

Mark Earnest  '03

Mark Sexton ‘00

Mary Decamp '08

Matt Davis ‘12

Matt Lehrich ‘03

Matt Rury ‘02

Michela Mastellone ‘05

Miles Allen ‘12

Noel Forte ‘13

Otto Briner ‘11

Paul DeCamp '06

Phil Rachwal ‘06

Ritwik Bhattacharaya ‘07

Sam Scribner ‘07

Seth Botos ‘06

Shahan Nercessian ‘03

Sheldon Hampton '03

Stephen Jao '09

Tiago Michelin ‘09

Tom Woodbury ‘09

Tory Willbanks-Ross ‘13

Tristan Decelles ‘13

Will Seligson ‘10


The story was published Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and updated May 22.

 
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