The 5 O'Clock Jazz Ensemble plays at the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Organization fundraiser on September 12.

The 5 O’Clock Jazz Ensemble plays at the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Organization fundraiser on September 12.

By Helen Newell ’18

Anyone attending the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association’s event on Saturday, September 12th was in for a delightful treat. The guests were entertained and served by some of Lincoln Academy’s finest students. The guests were charmed with jazz music played by the Five O’Clock Jazz Ensemble, and served by volunteer students from LA.

The “Champagne on the Sheepscot” event was a fundraiser for SVCA, but it turns out it wasn’t the only fundraiser occurring that night. The Lincoln Academy Band has some funds to raise as well.

The Five O’Clock ensemble is a group of students from Lincoln Academy who practice jazz every Thursday at five o’clock after school with music teacher and band director Liz Matta. These students work hard to provide their audience with amazing improvisational skills and wonderful, jazzy arrangements.

5 OClock2The Five O’Clock ensemble was given a generous donation of $500 for their September 12 performance, which will go toward the Lincoln Academy band trip to New York City. Every other year the Lincoln Academy band takes a trip to New York to perform at an arts festival where judges score them on their style, intonation, and synchronization. The band takes in a Broadway show, enjoys a dinner in Birdland, and sees the sights of the city. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for many of our students,” said Matta. “We work hard to raise the funds to take all the participating students for a reasonable price.”

All year the band will be fundraising for this marvelous trip, and hiring the Five O’Clock Jazz Ensemble for any event will greatly speed the fundraising. “We’ll do weddings, private parties, or street music,” says Matta. “We are ready to take this show on the road.” For information regarding hiring the band to play or the upcoming fundraisers, contact Liz Matta at 563-3596 ext. 181.

Helen Newell is a Communications Intern at Lincoln Academy.