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Jazz and guitar concert highlights rising programs at RE

Ransom Everglades demonstrated the breadth of its jazz program and burgeoning talent in its guitar ranks with a Jazz and Guitar Concert at Posner Lecture Hall on April 4 co-conducted by Director of Arts Shawn Costantino and Director of Instrumental Music Jon Hamm. Drummer and RE Combo Band Leader Max Bast '23 was the only senior among the 12 jazz musicians and 14 guitarists from the upper school who performed, making it clear the future is bright for both programs. Photo Gallery
The evening opened with beginning and intermediate guitar students playing traditional pieces from Russia, Italy and England, including the theme of the video game Tetris ("Korobushka"). Ali Feghi '25 accompanied the Guitar II students as a vocalist on "When September Ends," and then members of the Blue Note Combo and RE Combo showed off their talents playing jazz classics from Roy Hargrove, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Duke Ellington and others. The concert concluded with all of RE's jazz musicians performing "Yard Bird Suite" and "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)."

Said Costantino: "We're very happy with the growth and progress of all of these groups."

Guitar I
Aiden Biss ’26
Rafi Bonafonte ’25
Adriana Carvalho ’25
Ali Feghhi ’25
Jack He ’25
Charlie Holleman ’26
Rebecca Paresky ’25
Isa Rojas-Cueva ’26
Mateo Sauceda ’26
Guitar II
Tea Delic ’24
Noah Martin ’24
Sophia Bonafonte ’24
Patricio De Lope ’25
Lucas Lippey ’25
Blue Note Combo
Carlos Horcasitas ’25, baritone saxophone
William Malone ’24, valve trombone
Griffin Nelson-Montet ’25, drums/percussion
Martin Piedrahita ’24, trumpet, band leader
Varun Raju ’24, alto saxophone
Sofia Rakhimi ’25, piano
Eric Wilson ’24, guitar, bass
RE Combo
Miguel Arango ’24, trumpet
Max Bast ’23, drums, band leader
Ari Bennett ’24, tenor saxophone
Isabel Chong ’24, bass
Santi Sauceda ’24, piano

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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 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.