On Saturday, February 10, Milton Academy jazz musicians took part in the 50th Annual Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival at the Hynes Auditorium in Boston. The event is the country’s largest high school jazz festival with over 225 student groups, made up of 3,000 students from 13 states, participating in the day’s activities. The competition included high school ensembles from every corner of the map from California to Washington, D.C., and New England to Puerto Rico. The groups’ performances were judged by a panel of Berklee faculty. Competing in the medium- to large-sized high school combo category, Milton’s senior combo placed third and was awarded scholarship support for two students to attend Berklee College five-week summer music program. Coalter Palmer (I) also received a judge’s award for outstanding musician of his combo.
Milton’s winners (pictured here from left to right) are John Minicus (I), drums; Will Goldberg (I), cello; Bob Sinicrope, director; Coalter Palmer (I), soprano sax; Alex Chen (I), tenor sax; Jonah Garnick (I), guitar; Vijay Karle (I), bass; Danny Little (I), baritone sax; Cameron Shockley-Okeke (I), piano; Jane Yang (I), piano, alto sax; and Jesse Williams, director.
Watch the group rehearse in Kellner’s jazz room.