To the Editor:
In March, 16 groups of musicians from six area high schools performed at the District VI Jazz Festival held at Mount Desert Island High School.
I want to thank the following for making this an awesome event: all the talented musicians for the amazing, wonderful music we heard; MDI High music director Michael Remy and the other directors and music teachers of these musicians for their dedication and time spent with the students.
Thanks to MDI High administrators, teachers and staff, Bunky Dow, Lorie Fallon, Butch Bracy and the maintenance staff for accommodating the festival; Casey Rush, Jeff Zaman and Anne Swann for technology support; and sound technicians Brian Booher and Steve Lambert.
Thanks also to the many student and adult volunteers and businesses from the local communities for their time and food donations – without you, this festival would not have been possible.
I want to give a special thanks to an outstanding team of coordinators who spent countless hours planning and working at the festival. They include Lisa Burton, Katrina Carter, Greg Cox, Kathy Cox, John Doyle, Rita Doyle, Bill Ferm, Nin Ferm, Kim Forthofer, Julie Hagle, Andrea Howell, Kate Jordan, Rob Jordan, Ellen Kelley, Nessa Reifsnyder, Karen Ressel, Dave Schroeder, Ken Smith, Stacey Smith and Doug VanGorder. Thank you and congratulations to all.