Rhode Island All-State Jazz Ensemble Student Honored at Newport Festival

The Rhode Island All-State Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of NAfME member Metro Narcisi III, instrumental music program director at West Warwick High School, performed recently at the historic Newport Jazz Festival, a first for the ensemble, according to an article in the The Valley Breeze.

Elizabeth Marcotte, a flautist in the ensemble, who will be attending St. John’s University in the fall, was presented with a $5,000 scholarship from Natixis Global Asset Management, a sponsor of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

“It was Marcotte’s first time attending the festival, a New England staple including performances by some of the world’s leading artists since 1954.

‘It was wonderful taking in the work of people who support themselves with music,’ said Marcotte.

The $5,000 scholarship award was presented by John Hailer, President and CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management in the U.S. and Asia, and George Wein, chairman of the Newport Festivals Foundation.

‘Although the social and academic benefits of music education have been well documented, throughout our national educational system the performing arts are continually threatened by budget cuts,’ said Hailer.”

Read the entire article: “No. Smithfield student honored at Newport Jazz Festival

Nick Webb,  August 24, 2012 © National Association for Music Education