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Spotlight on Alec Zieff

Alec Zieff

Alec Zieff

Alec Zieff from Essex High School has been named to the 2014 NAfME All-National Jazz Ensemble sponsored by the National Association for Music Education. Students are selected out of 2.5 million students nationwide, from local, district and state music festivals to join 670 of the most skilled high school students in the United States to perform as a member of the All National Band, Jazz Band, Chorus or Orchestra. Out of those 670 students 20 are selected for the All National Jazz Band. Within those 20 spots, two tenor saxophonists are chosen. Zieff is one of them.

These exceptional students, named the “best of the best” will participate in a once-in-a-lifetime experience: performing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 29.

Members of the each ensemble will perform under the baton of the most prominent conductors in the United States. This year’s jazz conductor is Robert Baca, Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Zieff participates in the Wind Ensemble and Essex Jazz Orchestra at Essex High School.

“The All National Music Festival is a fantastic opportunity for Alec,” said EHS Band Director, Joshua Pauly. “His dedication and hard work offer him the opportunity to reap the benefits of countless hours of focused practice. He’s a great example of someone doing whatever it takes to pursue his dream.”

You can find out more about Zieff and hear him play at www.AlecZieff.com.

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EHS band members present ‘Songs of the Sea’

Essex High School band member perform in their Fall Band Sampler on Oct. 8. The performance `Songs of the Sea` featured the Essex Jazz Junction, the Essex Jazz Orchestra, the newly formed Essex Drumline, the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble. Photos | Ken O'Connell

Essex High School band member perform in their Fall Band Sampler on Oct. 8. The performance `Songs of the Sea` featured the Essex Jazz Junction, the Essex Jazz Orchestra, the newly formed Essex Drumline, the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble.
Photos | Ken O’Connell