For the first time in 10 years, Essex High School hosted the 91st. annual Vermont All State Music Festival.
Nineteen bands lined up to kick-off the music festival with a parade.
The jazz band rehearsed for their moment in the spotlight which will take place on Friday night. They will perform for a near sold out show.
Three-time piano player and Junior, Remi Savard, said events like this help him become a better musician.
“I think it’s the playing level, I have a lot of friends throughout the state but we don’t get to play often together, so it’s hard to get better as a musician without having playing opportunities, getting to practice, so this is one of those practice moments.” he said.
The Vermont Music Festival brings together the best of the best in the state, which is one reason why students love being a part of this event.
Champlain Valley Union High School student, Peter Antinozzi, said he enjoys being in a really good jazz band, and working with a great saxophone player and director. He said he was looking forward to learning a lot.
Senior Benjamin King said he enjoys being on stage.
“I love rehearsing and working in music but I love being on stage with these guys its a totally different experience than anything else, I love it.”
Many of the band members auditioned numerous times for this prestigious event, King reminds students not to give up.
“There’s a lot of stigma about whether or not you should audition and if you’re good enough. Definitely audition just to have the audition process. For me, I got to play with a professional level big band, I had never done that before and even though I didn’t make it my first time, I got that experience under my belt.”
The Vermont All State Music Festival will go on from May 9th to 12th, 2018.