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Arlington High School Jazz Machine

Arlington High School (NY), LaGrangeville, NY

The Arlington High School Jazz Machine is the top Jazz Ensemble at Arlington High School, located in LaGrangeville, NY. The Jazz education program at Arlington High School is comprised of 3 large Jazz ensembles and a Jazz combo. Membership in all of these extra-curricular ensembles is determined by audition and the groups rehearse one day per week for 3 hours each rehearsal. The Jazz Machine is for the most advanced jazz performers and its’ focus is to perform “concert oriented” Jazz literature that is often recorded by college or professional big bands, with a greater emphasis on improvisation. This ensemble performs in various festivals and concerts within the school district as well as around the county state, and the northeast region. The Jazz Machine has attended the prestigious Berklee Jazz Festival in Boston 20 times. Since 2007, the Jazz Machine has won 1st place 4 times at Berklee and has placed in the top 3 every year in Large Ensemble Class 1 since 2007. The Jazz Machine also participates annually in the Essentially Ellington program. The Jazz Machine was also named a finalist and placed 2nd at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.

Richard Guillen is the director of the Jazz program at Arlington High School and directs the Jazz Machine as well as assisting with the school’s 2 other jazz ensembles.

The Jazz program at Arlington high school offers a wide variety of events for the Arlington students and community. For more information on the Arlington Jazz Machine, like the Jazz Machine on Facebook!


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          January 26, 2019