Members of this year's award-winning Rockport High School Jazz Ensemble I are continuing the success they had during the school year into the summer.

Lead vocalist and sophomore Rhiannon Hurst, fresh off her award-winning performance at the Delaware Jazz Festival in April, just finished participating in the Berklee Summer Jazz Program. While performing at the 2019 Vocal Summit on at Berklee, Hurst was awarded full tuition to next summer's five-week vocal intensive program.

"We are so proud of the work Rhiannon has done and the recognition she has gotten for her hard work and commitment. An award at every competition we went to this year — three in total —and now a full tuition to one of the top music programs in the country for high school vocalists. It's been an unbelievable year for her and she's only a sophomore!" said Anthony Covelli, director of bands at Rockport schools.

Hurst will be joined by Jazz Ensemble I members at the popular concert featuring the Beantown Swing Orchestra on July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Crane Estate in Ipswich. She will be joined by Senior Lead Trumpet Clara Mazo, who is headed to Boston Conservatory in the fall, Junior Guitar Perry Wilson, and alumna Kiva Trumbour.

Rockport Jazz Ensemble I musicians have been increasingly invited to perform by Beantown director Frank Hsieh.

"Our jazz program is lucky to have such high caliber and hard-working members in it. I couldn't be more excited to get to work with such bright and motivated students," said Covelli.

The Beantown Swing Orchestra's shows at the Crane Estate has been some of the concert series' most attended summer shows each year with over 750 people attending on average. There is a cost to attend and tickets are sold at the gate. For more information please go to:

Legion concert

The Rockport Legion Band will perform the first free concert of its 86th consecutive summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand on Beach Street this Sunday, July 7. 

Children are welcome. Folding chairs and blankets are good to bring. Popcorn will be available.

Children are welcome. Folding chairs and blankets are good to bring. Popcorn will be available.

Conductor Jason Howard will lead the band's "A Salute to Disney," featuring the "The Star Spangled Banner Francis" by Scott Key, "Sound Off March" by John Philip Sousa, "A Night On Bald Mountain" by Modest Moussorgsky, "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov featuring a flute solo by Jeannine Lynch, "The Wonderful World of Disney" arranged by John Edmondson, "The Great Muppet Caper" arranged by Charles Brockner, "Pirates of the Caribbean" arranged by Ted Ricketts, "The Wind Beneath My Wings" arranged by Jay Bocook, "The Bare Necessities" arranged by Paul Murtha, "Star Spangled Spectacular" by George M. Cohan, "The Little Mermaid" by Alan Menken, "Fiddler on the Roof" arranged by John Warrington, "Beauty and the Beast" arranged byJohn Moss, "That's What Friends Are For" arranged by John Edmondson, symphonic highlights from "Frozen" arranged by Stephen Bulla, "Elisa" by Renato Soglia and "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin.

Free community concert and more 

Students from the Morningside Music Bridge Program at the New England Conservatory will perform at Rockport Chamber Music Festival's Young Artist Spotlight showcase at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St..

On Wednesday, July 10, at 7 p.m., they will perform a program of works by Boccherini, Chopin, Paganini, Ligeti, Beethoven, Szymanowski and From. The performance is free to the public.

The following evening, on Thursday, July 11, at 8 p.m. the students will perform "Reimagining Flamenco," with an all-star cast of musicians including Grisha Goryachev, guitar; Serouj Kradjian, piano; Chee-Yun, violin; Daniela Mack, mezzo-soprano; Jeffrey Beecher, bass; Jamey Haddad, percussion; and Liam Smith, percussion. A pre-concert talk led by Kradjian and Barry Shiffman will be held at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29.

More information is available by visiting

Rockport Ramblings is compiled by Michael Cronin. If you have a news tip or an item for Ramblings, contact him at 978-675-2708, or

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