Jazz and guitar students shine at an upper school concert

Ransom Everglades honored nine senior members of RE's jazz combos during a spring Jazz and Guitar Concert at Posner Lecture Hall on March 19. The concert included a first-time twist: table seating offering audience members the feel of a cozy lounge and up-close views of the musicians.

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Director of Arts Shawn Costantino and Director of Instrumental Music Jon Hamm emceed the event, which showcased the growth and excellence of RE's guitar classes and three jazz combos. Parents and guests sat around tables, enjoying the music and a video reflection on the graduating seniors:  Isabel Chong ’24, Joaquin Merlo-Garzon ’24, Santi Sauceda ’24, Miguel Arango ’24 , Ari Bennett ’24, Eric Wilson ’24, Martin Piedrahita ’24, Will Malone ’24 and Varun Raju ’24.

The guitar students performed pieces ranging from old classics ("America the Beautiful") to British rock ("Every Breath You Take" by Sting), and the jazz students showed their improvisational skills through a range of pieces. At the conclusion, the nine seniors were invited to the front of the auditorium for photos and congratulations.

"I'm not sure what we are going to do without them next year," Costantino told the audience. "They are all amazing." 

Guitar I
Sacha Bidermann ’26
Drea Buchman ’26
Siena Cernuda ’27
Giacomo Chinoy ’27
Jasper Frankel ’27
Santi Gil Rivero ’26
Juliana Hommen ’27
Justin Kaplan ’25
Naman Kumar ’25
Enrique Macias ’26
Joaquin Merlo-Garzon ’24
Lucas Praca ’27
Ivan Rosenfeld ’25
Ellie Stokes ’26
Andres Torres ’27
Isaac Weinberg ’27
Guitar II
Rafi Bonafonte ’25
Lucia Corrochano ’26
Jack He ’25
Eli Dimond ’27
Lucia Corrochano ’26, vocal
Green Mill Combo
Alexander Kazumoff ’25, piano, leader
Antonio de Andrade ’27, guitar
Patricio de Lope ’25, guitar, trombone
Morgan Williams ’26, bass
Lily Poses ’26, drums
Blue Note Combo
Pedro Jereissati ’26, drums
Eric Wilson ’24, bass
Noah Martin ’25, guitar
Sofia Rakhimi ’25, piano
Paloma Lopes ’25, piano/vibraphone
Martin Piedrahita ’24, trumpet, leader
Will Malone ’24, valve trombone
Varun Raju ’24, alto saxophone
Carlos Horcasitas ’25, baritone saxophone
RE Combo
Griffin Nelson-Montet ’25, drums
Isabel Chong ’24, bass
Santi Sauceda ’24, piano
Miguel Arango ’24 , trumpet
Ari Bennett ’24, tenor saxophone

Shawn Costantino and Jon Hamm, Co-conductors

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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.