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VIDEO: All-State Jazz Band to Perform at Newport Jazz Festival

Twenty students from Rhode Island will be performing in the premier jazz festival in Newport this weekend.

Only a small percentage of artists and musicians in the music industry can say they performed on the stage of the Newport Jazz Festival. This Saturday, 20 young musicians from Rhode Island will be added to that exclusive roster.

The Rhode Island All-State Jazz Ensemble will open the festival on Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Harbor Stage at Fort Adams. The ensemble features students from all over the state – including Barrington, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, East Greenwich, Lincoln, Newport, Providence and more. (See below for the full roster.) The ensemble is led by conductor Metro Narcisi – jazz band director for West Warwick High School.

  • Metro Narcisi, conductor | West Warwick High School
  • Rachel Hill, alto saxophone | Barrington High School
  • Ben Pallant, alto saxophone | East Greenwich High School
  • Chase Ceglie, tenor saxophone | Rogers High School
  • Andrew Nicastro, tenor saxophone | North Kingstown High School
  • Steven Jacquard, baritone saxophone | Scituate High School
  • Paul Spetrini, trumpet | North Kingstown High School
  • Nathan Ward, trumpet | Barrington High School
  • Dan Andsager, trumpet | Barrington High School
  • Jacob Greenberg, trumpet | Barrington High School
  • Walker Harris, trumpet | Moses Brown
  • Lily Pavao, trombone | Scituate High School
  • Fred Crudale, trombone | South Kingstown High School
  • Aaron Schwartz, trombone | Scituate High School
  • Willy Gutman, trombone | Barrington High School
  • Elizabeth Marcotte, vocalist | North Smithfield High School
  • Andrew Wynsen, pianist | North Kingstown High School
  • Erik Broess, guitar | Lincoln High School
  • Jonathan Elyashiv, bass | Providence Country Day
  • Jesse Ray Leich, drums | North Kingstown High School
  • Peter Craig, drums | South Kingstown High School
JB August 05, 2012 at 02:46 AM
What a great thing that we had local talent of such diversity kick-off the Newport Jazz Fest this year. Always a great time, weather aside. Personally can't wait for the Tedeschi crew tomorrow. Kudos to our own "Fab Four" on a great accomplishment!
Metro Narcisi III August 05, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Thank you for the coverage and support Samantha! Sincerely, Metro

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