A free concert in Brunswick will introduce two groups of student musicians.

BRUNSWICK – The Maine Jazz Alliance will hold its annual meeting and concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Morrell meeting room at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St.

After a brief business meeting, the alliance will present a free jazz concert, which will introduce two performing ensembles: the Marquesan Jazz Experience, a quartet of high school students, and a sextet of student musicians from the University of Southern Maine.

The Marquesan Jazz Experience’s members are Clark Smith on alto sax, Will Bangs on guitar, Thomas White on bass, and Zack Caldwell on drums. The first three met three years ago at the Maine Jazz Camp; about a year ago they met Caldwell and began playing music together.

Smith, Bangs and White are juniors at Waynflete School in Portland; Caldwell is a sophomore at Yarmouth High School.

The USM ensemble has Joe Mancini on sax, Mike Nelson on trumpet, John Notto on guitar, Peter Dugas on piano, Collin Winsor on bass and Andrew Hodgkins on drums. They attend USM in Gorham in the jazz studies program under the direction of Chris Oberholtzer. The ensemble has been playing a number of engagements this academic year to raise money for the student chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education, and they plan to attend the international conference in New York City next January.

The meeting begins at 2 p.m. and includes the election of officers. The 2004 slate of officers is: Mark Kleinhaut, president; Neil Lamb, vice president; Roy Heely, secretary; and Erika Aberg, treasurer.

The concert starts at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information or directions to the library, call 373-0306.


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