As a Ridgefield Band Jam judge for the last seven years, I've been given the opportunity to listen, observe, and to help guide young, passionate musicians.

The four middle school and four high school bands have been selected for Ridgefield Band Jam 2017 scheduled for Sunday, April 30 at 4pm at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

The four middle school band finalists are:

  1. 2 Minute Minors - Ridgefield, CT
  2. Abby & the Roadsters - South Salem, NY
  3. RED - Stamford, CT
  4. Solid - Redding, CT

The four high school band finalists are:

  1. Gilbert - Katonah, NY
  2. Mr. Boy - New Fairfield, CT
  3. Orbit - Weston, CT
  4. The Playmates - Southbury, CT
Jeff Butchen

It's fascinating to listen to these teen musicians who have worked so hard and rehearsed for many hours for to be chosen to play in front of an audience of 500. If you're a music fan like I've been all my life, these kids will blow your mind!

Eight teenaged bands with a wealth of talent make up Ridgefield Band Jam 2017 and you can watch it live at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, April 30 beginning at 4pm. Click on ridgefieldplayhouse.org for all the information.

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