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NECC Announces Spring Concert

Submitted by on May 7, 2019 – 4:28 pm

The Northern Essex Community College Jazz-Rock Ensemble will perform its spring concert on Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St.

The program will feature music from Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” and Stephen Schwartz’s “Godspell” plus jazz compositions from Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, and more.  An original composition by NECC Music Major Troy LaBranche, a 2015 graduate of Salem (NH) High School, will also be performed.

The jazz ensemble includes Christopher Pitcher of Georgetown, trumpet; Troy LaBranche of Salem, NH, guitar; Nate Twiss of Kingston, NH, drums; Joe Paquin of Plaistow, NH, bass; and Professor David Manuel Garcia, piano/director.

Northern Essex offers both an associate degree in music and a certificate in music technology. Both provide the foundation to pursue a career in music after graduation or for transfer to a four-year music program.

For additional information on the music program, contact Alisa Bucchiere at

With campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, Northern Essex Community College offers over 70 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  Each year, 8,500 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 2,600 take noncredit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley.  Northern Essex is the only state college located in the lower Merrimack Valley Region of Massachusetts. For more information, visit the website at