Four RE students – Adam Chopp '22, Zoe Holtzman '22, Connor Munroe '21 and Max Vallone '22 – earned first-place honors at the 2021 National Jazz Festival held virtually from Philadelphia on May 22, with a total of 13 Ransom Everglades students representing seven different disciplines winning recognition at the evening's awards ceremony.
You can find the performances and awards ceremony here. Students from schools across the nation participated in various categories: small ensemble, large ensemble, vocal groups, soloists and composers. RE's musicians train under Performing Arts Director Jon Hamm and the singers under faculty member Sam Shapiro. Jazz Vocal Solo
1st: Zoe Holtzman '22 2nd: Jamie Lockhart '21
1st: Connor Munroe '21
1st: Adam Chopp '22
1st: Max Vallone '22
S-2 Small Ensemble Virtual
3rd: RE Combo. (Andres Soto '21, Leader, bass, Max Swietelsky '21, flugelhorn, Max Vallone '22, piano, and Nathan Gumenick '21, drums) Honorable Mention: Ransom Combo (Louis LaFontisee '21, Leader, drums, Kiran Desai '21, Musical Director, piano, Jonah Bennett '21, cornet, Daniel Fisher '21, alto sax, Adam Chopp '22, guitar, and Boris Bialer '22, bass)
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.