CHS Muscian of the Month

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Colchester HS junior Jacob Dell is the school's musician of the month. Dell plays the Tenor saxophone in the wind  ensemble and jazz band. (Courtesy photo)

Colchester HS junior Jacob Dell is the school’s musician of the month. Dell plays the Tenor saxophone in the wind
ensemble and jazz band. (Courtesy photo)

Jacob is certainly one of the more passionate and sincere students I have, going above and beyond what I expect in terms of understanding and appreciating the music we rehearse and perform. He is always an asset to any ensemble he’s in, having exceptional reading skills, playing technique, a great ear and great improvisation skills. Jacob asks the type of questions during rehearsal that really show his awareness of the overall sound, and not just his. He has been pretty active with festivals offered throughout the year, participating in the VMEA Band Festival for two years, as well as the Plymouth State Jazz Festival last year.

– Evan Peliter, CHS band director

What are some of your
favorite memories from the band program?

Going to festivals and events such as the Discover Jazz Festival on Church Street, the VMEA Band Festival, the Shelburne Museum Jazz Appreciation Month Concert Series and many others. I love hanging out with my peers and fellow musicians and meeting other musicians, both peers and professionals, and performing in new venues.

How has playing your instrument helped you develop as a young person?

I have certainly developed more focus in all areas of my life as a result of playing saxophone ad piano. The need for constant practice and dedication to the ensemble and to my personal development has also sharpened my sense of commitment.

What do students gain from being involved in a school ensemble?

Being in a school ensemble is hugely beneficial to any student, as it helps development as a musician and as an academic student. Playing during the school day offers a helpful break from the tedium that school can settle into and promotes better focus in other subjects.