MMEA Instrumental Jazz Festival
March 18th and 19th, 2022
Welcome to the MMEA Instrumental State Jazz Festival!
On behalf of the Maine Music Educators Association, THANK YOU for joining us this weekend. Whether you are a musician, educator, chaperone, audience member or parent, you are part of an extraordinary event–the return of live music festivals in Maine!
Join me in expressing deep appreciation for everyone who has worked for over a year to bring this event to reality:
Matt Waite, Jazz Vice President of Millinocket for providing exceptional leadership in addressing safe and fair performance protocols, communication with directors, and creating a schedule for performance groups.
Becky Mallory, Instrumental Jazz Chair of Reeds Brook MS for arranging adjudicators for our jazz festivals and contributing thoughtful ideas and information throughout the planning process.
MMEA Board and Executive Committee for endeavoring to bring the best experiences possible to students.
Heidi Corliss and Patrick Michaud of Hampden Academy, our hosts! Welcoming an event of this scope is a significant undertaking, requiring extensive planning and support from numerous stakeholders. Special thanks to Mr. Bill Tracy, Principal, and the Hampden Academy Music Association. This event could not be the success it is without the leadership and involvement of the HA administration or the families and students working to ensure a positive experience.
The efforts of these colleagues are in addition to their daily work as music educators. Their vision for this event and dedication to our student musicians is unmatched.
As you enjoy the performances today and experience all that music brings to you, take a moment to consider the innumerable hours of practice, rehearsal, and planning on the parts of student musicians and educators. Behind every musical ensemble performance is an individual effort, a high degree of group collaboration, and a willingness to take risks. Our musicians and educators have persevered through unprecedented events and continue to do so. They deserve our highest respect and support as we all strive to bring outstanding music education experiences to all students.
Thank you for being part of this event!
Sandra K. Barry
President, Maine Music Educators Association
Welcome to Hampden Academy
We are excited to welcome you to the campus of Hampden Academy and are honored to host the 2022 MMEA Instrumental Jazz Festival! Our school is your home for the next two days and we hope you are able to find that it more than meets your needs. The opportunity to convene so many talented musicians, educators, and guests in RSU 22 at Hampden Academy is something we have been looking forward to for quite some time. It has been amazing to see and hear live performances again, being able to share in the experience that live music provides has been incredible and it’s something that helps bring us all together. We look forward to celebrating that with you over these two days!
C. William Tracy
Hampden Academy Principal
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MEET THE JUDGES
Dr. Dan Barrett
Dr. Dan Barrett teaches low brass instruments, music theory, and jazz courses at the University of Maine. He enjoys playing and performing around the state and working with the excellent low brass students at the University of Maine. He also leads the Maine Trombone Collective and the Maine Brass Guild, two large ensembles that perform throughout the state. His career has included performances with the Utah Symphony, the Bangor Symphony, the Boston Brass, and many other ensembles, as well as solo performances with the Carson City Symphony, the University of Maine Symphonic Band, the University of Maine Farmington Concert Band, the Brigham Young University Philharmonic Orchestra, the Utah Premiere Brass Band, and as a guest artist at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C. He has been privileged to perform with several great jazz musicians including Bob Mintzer, Conrad Herwig, Andy Martin, John Fedchock, Thomas Gansch, Ingrid Jensen, Phil Markowitz, Eric Marienthal, and Byron Stripling. He was a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Brass Solo and Chamber Music competitions. Dr. Barrett performs often with the Brian Nadeau Big Band, the Jump City Jazz Band, Jay Bregman’s Swingmatism quintet, the Stone Doctors and other local groups. He also teaches trombone and directs a jazz ensemble at the Maine Summer Youth Music camp. He is the author of Solo Training for Trombone, a book of exercises based on standard solo repertoire for high school and college students, published by Mountain Peak Music.
Dr. Barrett attended the University of Nevada, Reno, and Brigham Young University, where he received Bachelors and Masters Degrees in trombone performance. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University where his doctoral research focused on the music of Daniel Schnyder. When not involved in music, he is usually playing ball, wandering in the woods, or sledding with his sons, Cole, Andrew, and Grant, and his wife, Ann.
Tom Lizotte recently retired as director of bands at Cape Elizabeth High School, where he served for 17 years. He spent 31 years as a high school band director in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts with degrees in music education (BA) and wind conducting (MA), he is a member of three teaching halls of fame, including the Maine Music Educators Association. He is the 2019 recipient of the John LaPorta Award, given by Berklee College of Music and the Jazz Education Network for public school jazz educator of the year. He is the recipient of the Massachusetts Association of Jazz Educators 2020-21 Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to jazz education.
He is chief music judge for the Massachusetts Judges Association and is a frequent contributor to The Instrumentalist and JazzED magazines. His mentors in jazz education include Dave Sporny, Paul Alberta, Don Doane, and Herb Pomeroy.
Dr. Christopher Oberholtzer
Terry White is a retired music educator who has taught instrumental music at all levels for over 35 years. Presently, he composes and arranges for many groups throughout the country. His music has been performed at the Mid West Clinic in Chicago, the Illinois Music Educators Conference and is listed in several states’ festival lists. Terry’s music has also been reviewed in the Instrumentalist and the IAJE Journal. Many of his publications have been selected for J.W.Pepper’s Editor’s Choice list annually. Terry is the brass arranger for the Colt Cadets DCI Drum Corps in Dubuque, Iowa
Terry received a B.M in Composition from Berklee College of Music and an M.S. in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire. He presently writes for the Portland Jazz Orchestra and numerous other jazz ensembles throughout New England. He is an active adjudicator and festival conductor.
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