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Herricks musicians take honors at Berklee Jazz Festival

Herricks musicians take honors at Berklee Jazz Festival


A total of 33 Herricks High School students attended the Berklee Jazz Festival, where they achieved excellent results for their performances under the direction of teachers Geoff Taylor and James Ludwig. Senior Adam Cordero was named Superior Overall Musician, and the Jazz Combo, Jazz Choir and Jazz Ensemble groups all placed within the top ten in their classes.

Adam was selected for the Superior Overall Musician title out of more than 300 outstanding jazz musicians from the entire east coast. A highly talented and dedicated student, he plays the plays the clarinet, bassoon and the saxophone and has earned numerous awards and distinctions. Earlier this school year, Adam was selected to the National Association for Music Education’s Eastern Division Honors Festival, Music for All National Festival’s Honor Orchestra of America and the New York State School Music Association’s All-State Festival. He was also recognized as a Scholar Artist by the Long Island Arts Alliance for music.

The Jazz Combo students placed fourth for their performances of Hank Mobley’s “Git Go Blues,” Joe Henderson’s “Recorda Me” and “Hourglass,” a piece written by Adam Cordero.

Jazz Choir earned ninth-place for their presentation of Johnny Mercer’s/Hoagy Carmichael’s “Skylark,” Clifford Brown’s “Sandu” and “Mean to Me,” transcribed from a Billy Holiday recording.

The Herricks Jazz Ensemble achieved 10th-place for their deliveries of Hank Mobley’s “High and Flighty, Pat Metheny’s “Something to Remind You” and Yma Sumac’s “Goomba Boomba.”

Additionally, Adam, James Chun, Julia Everitt, Julia Feldman, Michael Paciullo, Sean Park, Jon Sanelli, Kyla Surajbaliylor and Luna Tomaszewski performed solos.


Adam Cordero