Cortland Junior-Senior High School celebrated its annual Jam Fest last Thursday (June 6), which took place on three stages and featured performances ranging from senior high school vocalists to student organized bands and soloists.
The school’s all-new Modern Band program was an important part of the festival this year, releasing their new album, “Life As We Know It” on the same day as the festival.
The album was entirely-student written and centers around the question ‘How can music be used to inspire social change?’
Music department chair Jen Rafferty:
“With Jamfest, we wanted to include all students that were interested. The ultimate goal is that the music department showcases students in an alternative way that may be different from the regular concert season.”
Senior Tsai Lewis participated in Jamfest this year:
“I was part of the band called “prodigy” and we performed a set list. It was so much fun watching everybody play their songs that they wrote.
It was so much fun going to such a cool event showing off people’s talents and different genres. My song that I performed was from the album, Life As We Know It and called, “Not Your Time” and “I’m Holding On.
This is by far one of my top memories of high school. Hanging out with people that have common interests is super fun.”
Cortland’s music department will release the date of Jamfest 2020 in the fall.
See the montage below from their website: