Governor Janet Mills posing with members of the 5’Clock Jazz Combo at Frontier Cafe in Brunswick. From left: Adlai Nelson (horn), Jarrett Gulden (tenor sax), Benji Pugh (trumpet), Lucas Steinberger (bass), Jojo Martin (piano), Riley Stevenson (drums).

Lincoln Academy’s 5 O’Clock Jazz Combo hires out for parties and gigs all over Lincoln County and beyond. Over the last decade various iterations of this group have played for fundraisers, weddings, festivals, and company parties. Last week they played at the service at the Union Church in South Bristol as well as the 25th Anniversary celebration for the Maine Center for Economic Policy at Frontier Cafe in Brunswick.

At that gig, the student musicians got to meet a very special guest, Governor Janet Mills, who was in attendance.

“Meeting Janet Mills was amazing,” said LA junior percussionist Riley Stevenson. “I’ve seen her from afar at events before but getting to see her up close and personal made me appreciate how lucky we are to live in a state where we as young people can interact with our elected officials and they are genuinely excited about meeting us! She came up and gave me a huge hug and then took an awesome picture with us.”

The band charges $75/hour, with a two hour minimum. To find out more about booking the 5 O’Clock Jazz Combo for an event contact band director Liz Matta at