To the Editor:
On Thursday, Feb. 24, 19 groups of musicians from eight area high schools performed at the District VI Jazz Festival held at Mount Desert Island High School.
I want to thank everyone for making this an awesome event. I want to thank all the talented musicians for the amazing, wonderful music we heard and MDIHS 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 MDIHS administrators, teachers and staff, Bunky Dow, Lorie Fallon, Butch Bracy and the maintenance staff for accommodating the festival. Thanks too go out to Casey Rush, Jeff Zaman and Anne Swann for technology support; sound technicians Brian Booher and Carl Ferm; and music directors from local area schools who volunteered their time and loaned equipment.
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 Clare Bingham, Brian Booher, Lisa Burton, Katrina Carter, Greg Cox, Kathy Cox, John Doyle, Rita Doyle, Bill Ferm, Nin Ferm, Jeff Forthofer, Kim Forthofer, Julie Hagle, Andrea Howell, Jenny Perruzzi, Mica Perruzzi, Nessa Reifsnyder, Linda Rodgers, Karen Ressel, Dave Schroeder, Ken Smith and Stacey Smith. Thank you all.
All MDI groups qualified and will be performing at the State Festival in South Portland March 11 and 12. Congratulations and good luck to all.