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Mamaroneck HS Jazz Band Wins Top Honors At Sleepy Hollow Festival

Mamaroneck High School's Jazz Band received first place at the Sleepy Hollow Jazz Festival.
Mamaroneck High School's Jazz Band received first place at the Sleepy Hollow Jazz Festival. Photo Credit: Facebook/Mamaroneck Public Schools

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The Mamaroneck High School Band took top honors at the Sleepy Hollow Jazz Festival.

“This is a big accomplishment for us, and the festival was such a meaningful experience on so many levels for every student involved,” said band director Tim Hooker.

The jazz band won first place among nine bands from high schools in Westchester, Orange and Rockland Counties. Mamaroneck also received awards for “Best Swing Tune,” “Best Ballad” and “Outstanding Saxophone Section”.

“It’s clear that our jazz band feels a keen desire to keep the legacy and tradition of Mamaroneck alive as a top-performing jazz band, and you could certainly sense that this weekend,” said Hooker. ”Being recognized as the top band is a nice feeling, knowing all the work we put in; however, the greatest reward is everyone coming away with so much to apply to their growth as musicians.”

A record number of more than 90 band, orchestra and chorus students from Mamaroneck also participated in the All-County Festival Concert at SUNY Purchase.

“We were thrilled to see a record number of our students step up to take on the extra work that is involved in being a part of All-County,” said Dina Madden, the district’s K-12 music coordinator. “This school year overall has been marked by such terrific electricity and excitement, with new faculty in place and expansion of our existing programs.”

The Board of Education will recognize and honor all students who performed at All-County during its Tuesday, March 15 meeting. The Elementary All-County Chorus singers will perform at 7 p.m.

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