Jazz festival returns to Sparta HS

Bands from throughout the area; April 13

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— The award-winning music department of Sparta High School is hosting its second annual Jazz Festival on Friday, April 13, 2018. The event gathers fifteen top jazz bands from northern New Jersey, who compete for group and individual ratings.

The Festival will once again take place in the modern, thousand-seat auditorium of Sparta High School, where the township’s jazz bands will host ensembles from a dozen school districts. A variety of food will be for sale at an extensive concession stand in the school’s main lobby.

Bands will perform in either the Middle School, Competitive, or Highly Competitive division. This year’s pro adjudicators are Montclair State University’s Bill Moring and Oscar Perez and former Sparta Jazz Band director Chris Arnold.

Participating groups

Middle School Division: Sparta Middle School Jazz Lab, Sparta Middle School Jazz Band, Byram Intermediate Jazz Band, Glen Meadow (Vernon) Middle School Jazz Band

Competitive Division: Pope John XXIII High School Jazz Band, Lenape Valley Jazz Band, Kittantinny High School K-Train, Wallkill Valley Jazz Band, High Point High School Jazz Band, Jefferson High School Jazz Band, Sparta Blues Sanction

Highly Competitive Division: High Point High School Jazz Ensemble, Newton High School Jazz Ensemble, Mount Olive High School Jazz Ensemble, Sparta Blues Inc.!

If You Go

The 2018 Sparta High School Jazz Festival

When: Friday, April 13, 2018. Start time: 5:00 P.M.

Where: The Auditorium at Sparta High School, 70 West Mountain Road, Sparta NJ 07871

Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students, free for children under 6
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