Local bands will take part in the fourth annual jazz festival

Sparta High School’s award-winning music department is hosting its fourth annual Jazz Festival on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. The event brings together a dozen of Northern New Jersey’s top jazz bands, who compete for group and individual scores.

The festival will take place in Sparta High School’s thousand-seat auditorium, where township jazz bands will host ensembles from several regional school districts. A variety of food will be on sale at a large concession stand in the school’s main hall, along with Sparta Jazz Fest t-shirts.

Bands will perform in the Middle School, Competitive, or Highly Competitive division. This year’s professional umpires are Montclair State University’s Jeff Kunkel, Oscar Perez and Mike Lee, and former Sparta Jazz Band manager Chris Arnold, all of whom have put their own stamp on jazz in New Jersey and beyond. of the.

Event begins at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 at Sparta High School Auditorium, 70 West Mountain Road, Sparta NJ Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and veterans, $5 for students and free for children under 6 years old.

Participating groups:

Intermediate School Division: Sparta College Jazz Band, Mount Olive College Jazz Band

Competitive division: Newton High School Jazz Band, North Warren Regional High School Jazz Band, Pope John XXIII High School Jazz Ensemble, Mount Olive High School Jazz Band, Bridgewater-Raritan High School Tuesday Jazz Band, Ramsey High School Jazz Band, Lenape Valley Regional High School Jazz Together, Sparta High School Blues Sanction

Highly Competitive Division: West Milford High School Jazz Ensemble, Mount Olive High School Jazz Ensemble, Sparta High School’s Blues, Inc!

Willie J. Johnson