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Band finishes year with tribute concert

The Upper School band paid tribute to the 100th anniversaries of Leonard Bernstein and Dave Brubeck during its 2019 spring concert, which also honored departing seniors Greg Estime '19, James Gerrard '19, Will Mathes '19, Alex Otero '19 and Danny Sauceda '19 and recognized the winners of two major senior music awards: Otero received the Leonard Bernstein Musicianship Award and Sauceda claimed the Bill Pender Service Award. Photo Gallery
Music director Jon Hamm called the seniors to the stage to recognize each of them, and noted that two additional music awards would be presented during the school's annual awards ceremony.

The April 18 concert showcased the RE Symphonic Band, the school's three jazz combos – the RE Combo, the Blue Combo and the Green Combo – and vocalists Adam Chopp '22, Isa Pena '19 and Brianna Suarez '20. The RE Combo re-enacted its performance from the Berklee Jazz Festival in Boston, where it placed second overall.

Hamm summoned to the stage alumnus Daniel Calkins '15; he joined the RE Combo in a performance of "I'll Remember April." Hamm also acknowledged Alex Hamm '09, the author of RE's new alma mater who was in attendance. 

The year-end concert also provided an opportunity to celebrate some of the year's highlights, including:

Forty-five band students performed in the district solo and ensemble festival with the vast majority earning the highest rating of Superior. Five soloists, the Sax Quartet and the RE Combo qualified for state.

Connor Munroe ’21 performed in the Florida All-State Jazz Band in Tampa, for the fourth consecutive year, an RE first. He was then named to YoungArts Miami in February and the Jazz Band of America in March.

Thirteen Symphonic Band members performed in the Florida Bandmasters Association District 20 High School Honor Band.

Peña took first place in the Jazz Singers Showcase, Munroe earned an overall Outstanding Musicianship trophy, Gerrard was awarded the Judge’s Choice trophy at the Berklee Jazz Festival in Boston.

For the first time ever, RE entered three Jazz combos in the district festival, in grades 3, 4 and 5 respectively. The Green Combo, the Blue Combo and the RE Combo each earned the top rating of Superior.

The Symphonic Band earned its 21st overall Superior rating in Sight Reading at the Florida Bandmasters Association district festival.

2018-19 band members:

FLUTE
Ashley Nguyen ’20
Zoe Sawatari ’20
Nicolas Stone Perez ’21

OBOE
Julien Bacon ’20
Inceni Cabrera ’22
Clarinet
Connor Munroe ’21
Anthony Goyanes ’20
Anthony Wolfe ’20
Martina Awad ’21
Andy O’Brien ’22

BASS CLARINET
Josh Buttrick ’22

EB CONTRA ALT) CLARINET
Aston Craft ’20

ALTO SAXOPHONE
Alex Otero ’19
Dylan Tie-Shue ’20
Daniel Fisher ’21
Megan Diston ’21

TENOR SAXOPHONE
Max Swietelsky ’21
Cameron Franklin ’22
Baritone Saxophone
Greg Estime ’19
Lefty Howland ’22

TRUMPET
Victoria Porto ’22
Jake Beber-Frankel ’20
Connor Prescott ’21
Mario Cruz ’22
Lucas Jolivert ’22

FRENCH HORN
Jonah Bennett ’21
David Dubovy ’22

TROMBONE
Will Mathes ’19
Shuli Rosenfeld ’21
Austin Charlton ’20
Grant Pfeiffer ’22

TUBA
Jasper Broad ’22

STRING BASS
Andres Soto ’21
Daniel Sauceda ’19
Max Vallone ’22

PERCUSSION
Liam Malloy ’20
Kyle Pearson ’21
James Gerrard ’19
Kiran Desai ’21
Jackson Mopsick ’21
Shang Whang ’2
Louis LaFontisee ’21
Yasmin Ghurani ’21

RE COMBO
Alex Otero ’19
Will Mathes ’19
Connor Munroe ’21
Max Vallone ’22
Danny Sauceda ’19
James Gerrard ’19

GUITAR ENSEMBLE
Adam Chopp ’22
Daniel Daley ’22
Emma Iriondo ’20
Dylan Kauffmann ’22
Nathan Knight ’22
Quinn Lennon ’22
Valentina Londono ’22
Aidan Rothstein ’22
Yasmin Ghurani ’21
Sebastian Mateu ’21
Brianna Suarez ’20

BLUE COMBO
Louis LaFontisee ’21
Andres Soto ’21
Kyle Pearson ’21
Jackson Mopsick ’21
Kiran Desai ’21
Max Sweitelsky ’21
Austin Charlton ’20
 
GREEN COMBO
Greg Estime ’19
Max Swietelsky ’21
Kiran Desai ’21
Liam Malloy ’20
Kyle Pearson ’21
Austin Charlton ’20
Yasmin Ghurani ’21
Inceni Cabrera ’22
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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.