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PHS Senior Stands Out as Jazz Drummer

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PHS Senior Stands Out as Jazz Drummer
Posted on 11/05/2014

Joanna Quinn, a Portland High School senior, is one of just four drummers across the state to be accepted into the Maine Jazz All-State Festival, which will be held early next year, according to Andrew Chipman, PHS music teacher.

She auditioned Oct. 24, Chipman said.

He said, “The Jazz All-State Festival only accepts four drummers from high school students around the state. They have many, many drummers to choose from. Joanna had to bring her "A-game" in order to accomplish this. I'd like to think she displays the excellence we expect of all our PHS students.”

The Jazz Festival is a statewide, select high school festival and the student ensembles include two jazz bands, a jazz combo, and a jazz choir. It will take place at Scarborough High School on Jan. 8-10, Chipman said.

“Joanna is a serious musician and an artist in her own right. She has put a lot of work into her musical growth by taking lessons and attending summer music programs. She is active in our school music ensembles,” Chipman said. “While she has a competitive spirit, she is also a good teammate and supportive of her peers at school. Her commitment to excellence has paid off.”