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Madawaska musicians give downstate a concert

MADAWASKA, Maine — Under the direction of band director Taylor Martin, five Madawaska music students traveled to Ashland on Jan. 18 to perform at the All Aroostook concert.

The Northern Maine Music Educators Association hosted the concert, an event Martin equated to “‘all star’ status for sports.”

The junior high members formed a 100-piece orchestra and played songs like “West Side Story” and “Declaration in Blue” under conductor Marilyn Buzy, percussion educator at Colby College.

Jacqueline Townsend, assistant professor of music and director of bands at the University of Southern Maine, conducted the larger high school group as they played songs like “Fanfare Ode” and “Pandora.”

“It was a very high-quality production,” Martin said. “There was not a seat in the gym really available.”

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