Alec Fisichella, left, and Adam Christianson, eighth graders at the Tremont Consolidated School, recently were awarded first place in the Bagaduce Music Lending Library’s Young Composer’s Competition for their jazz composition “Wicked Fast.” PHOTO BY MARK GOOD

MDI composers tops at Bagaduce

Trumpeter Alec Fisichella and trombonist Adam Christianson were key performers in the success of the Tremont Consolidated School’s award-winning jazz band. Now the pair has been recognized for composing music.

Fisichella and Christianson took first place in the 14-to-18 age group at the Bagaduce Music Lending Library’s 19th Annual Young Composer’s Competition. The winners were announced at an April 25 event at the Bay School in Blue Hill.

The eighth-graders were the youngest entrants in their division.

At the school Monday, the composers said they were encouraged to enter the contest by Wanda Whitener, the school’s music teacher.

Both students had done some composing but nothing of this scale.

“Just short little things,” Fisichella said.

They began simply with the idea of writing a jazz piece.

“We played around a bit until we found something we liked,” Fisichella said.

Although the pair had disagreements, they were able to resolve those musical issues to everyone’s satisfaction.

“It actually went pretty well,” Christianson noted.

Their composition, “Wicked Fast,” is written for trumpet, trombone and alto saxophone. As part of the competition, they had to fully notate the piece and submit a recording for the judges. At the Bay School, each competitor met with judges privately to discuss their work, information that also was used to determine winners, Whitener said.

Whether Fisichella and Christianson have a Grammy in their future is yet to be seen. In the meantime, they’re looking forward to next year’s competition.

“We’re going to compose one for next year,” they said.

Mark Good

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