BOSTON — “Big group,” of the big bands in the Mount Desert Island High School jazz program, placed third in its division Saturday at the 51st annual Berklee Jazz Festival. High school jazz bands from all over the country participate in the festival, MDI music teacher Michael Remy said, and each class accepts 16 bands.
Drummer Dawson Burnett, a senior, received an outstanding soloist award.
This was the fourth time the MDI big band has participated in the festival, having also made the trip to Boston in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Trojans placed fourth in 2017.