Jazz Band

The 2017 Somerset Berkley Regional High School Jazz Band Festival

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
(Snow Date – Thursday, March 2, 2017)
Somerset Berkley Regional High School
625 County Street
Somerset, MA 02726

“The Somerset Berkley Regional High School Jazz Band Festival provides a non-competitive festival experience for local high school Jazz Ensembles to come and perform for each other as well as to receive critique and suggestions for improvement from a professional jazz musician.”

The tentative schedule is as follows:
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. : Meet and Greet Clinic with clinician for all participating students and attendees.
5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. : Jazz Bands perform on the ½ hour and will be critiqued by the clinician.

$10 for adults / $5 for senior citizens, non-participating students and children

Participating Jazz Bands

Tiverton High School Jazz Band – 5:00 p.m.

Seekonk High School Jazz Band – 5:30 p.m.

Portsmouth High School Jazz Ensemble – 6:00 p.m.

Mt. Hope High School Jazz Ensemble – 6:30 p.m.

Durfee High School Jazz Band – 7:00 p.m.

Dartmouth High School Stage Band – 7:30 p.m.

Somerset Berkley Regional High School Jazz Band with Guest Artist Mr. Marty Ballou – 8:00 p.m.

We are proud to announce this year’s clinician is bassist and 2015 Inductee to the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame,

Mr. Marty Ballou

Coming up through the ranks in the final decades of the 20th century, Marty Ballou kept an open mind and opened his ears to the joys and possibilities of every musical opportunity which presented itself to the young bassist. He became equally adept on the upright bass violin and the electric bass guitar and his massive body of work, in the studio and on the stage, stands him alongside the all-time greats on both instruments. Marty is at the top of the list of New England’s “first-call” bassists. Highly regarded nationally for his work in the jazz and blues fields, he is equally at home in other genres including folk, rock, pop and Americana. His professional career began in 1979. During his career he has performed around the world and/or recorded with such artists as the vocal jazz group The Ritz, tenor sax giant Frank Wess, legendary trumpet and flugelhorn player Clark Terry, The Duke Robillard Band, Roomful of Blues, John Hammond’s Wicked Grin Band, Peter Wolf’s Midnight Travelers, guitarist Thom Enright, folk artist Bill Harley, guitarist virtuoso Bobby Keyes, The Mystic, jazz/blues artist Ursula George and The Young Adults, Dick Johnson, Art Pelosi, Ted Casher, Herb Pomeroy, Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi, Bob Gullotti, Tony Zano, Artie Cabral, Paul Broadnax, Scott Hamilton, Mike Renzi, Jay McShann, Herb Ellis, Martin Sexton, Cheryl Wheeler, Kenny White, Chris Flory, David Maxwell, Jerry Portnoy, Dan Moretti, and the North Star Jazz Ensemble. On the eve of his induction into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame on April 26, 2015, Marty had this to say about his career, “I have been a working musician for the last 35 years. I’ve devoted my creative energy to understanding and performing all styles of American music. Every day I learn something new and I am blessed with the privilege of sharing it. The music never lets me down.”

Jazz Band Director’s Downloadable PDF Forms

2017 SBRHS Jazz Band Festival Registration Form
2017 SBRHS Jazz Band Festival Ensemble Set-Up Form
2017 SBRHS Jazz Band Festival Announcement Form

Please return registration form, ensemble set-up form, announcement form and registration fee by
Wednesday, February 5, 2017

Mail Festival Registration Materials to:

Mr. David M. Marshall, Director of Bands
Somerset Berkley Regional High School
625 County Street
Somerset, MA 02726

or email at marshalld@sbregional.org
or fax to (508) 324-3118 ATTN: Mr. Marshall

Please refer questions to Mr. Marshall @ (508) 324-3115 ext. 1028

Former Jazz Band Presidents

2017 – 2018
Juliette Beaulieu and 

2016 – 2017
Kate Esten and Juliette Beaulieu

2015 – 2016
Ian Taylor and Kevin Quinn

2014 – 2015
E.J. Sousa and Michael Allahua

2013 – 2014
Aaron Couto and E.J.Sousa

2012 – 2013
Michael Raposo and Aaron Couto

2011 – 2012
Kevin Goddu and Andrew Conlon

2010 – 2011
Kevin Goddu and Andrew Conlon