Jazz, Big Band and Smiles
Saturday, October 27, 7:00 pm
St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts
155 Emery Street
Tickets:$12.00 (adults) and $8.00 (minors)
Berlin Jazz has performed annually to benefit St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts since the arts center’s inception. In 1987, under the direction of Gary Rothe, the group was comprised of a number of high school musicians with a compliment of community members to help complete the instrumentation. Over the years, more community members became involved and the group established itself as a staple in the community.
The band has seen many members come and go and has welcomed many talented musicians from not only the Berlin area, but also from other communities as need and interest dictate; several members travel quite some distance to make the weekly rehearsals. “It’s difficult to believe that we are entering into our fourth decade of existence.” states the group’s president, Monique Lavertu. “Some of us have been around from the beginning!” The musicians that now fill the ranks donate their time each week for rehearsal and play for the love of music. “Although we take our music pretty seriously, there are quite a few antics that arise when you put this group together mid-week” says Lavertu. “The professional and social aspects of this unique group work together nicely and we aim to bring a high-quality performance to our audience and have some fun in the process.” The group has amassed a library of over 200 selections. Among the most notable pieces for Saturday’s concert are Satin Doll, Stormy Weather, Take 5, Stompin’ at the Savoy and Cute. Berlin Jazz currently included members Steven Morrissette (Gorham), Julie Schubert (Bethel, ME), John McDowell (Randolph) and Jerry Emerson (Bridgton, ME) in the trumpet section, David Glover (Whitefield), Bill Spencer (Littleton), Steven McCosh (Berlin) and Kenyon King (Chatham) in the trombone section, Bruce Kimball (Dummer), Monique Lavertu (Berlin), Faith Kimball, (Dummer), Mike Berry (Rumford, ME) and Brian Oberti (Berlin) in the saxophone section and Denise Doucette (Milan), David Arsenault (Gorham), Paul Laplante (Berlin) and Robert Joyce (Brownfield, ME) completing the rhythm section.