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STEINERT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND

The Steinert High School Jazz Band is the premier Jazz Ensemble at SHS. The primary focus of the jazz program is the study of various forms of jazz literature, jazz improvisation, and jazz theory. In addition, all students maintain membership within a music department ensemble. T

he Jazz Band, under the leadership of Mr. John Ketterer, meets weekly from November through April for three hours each Wednesday night. Throughout the winter and spring months, the band competes weekly in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania at local and regional jazz festivals.

The Jazz Band carries a full complement of a modern "Big Band," typically with a complement of 5 saxophones, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, and a complete rhythm section that includes piano, electric guitar, upright bass, and drums. Additional instrumentation is used to enhance the sound of musical numbers. Acceptance into the Jazz Band is by audition.





The Steinert Jazz Band maintains an excellent reputation as a quality ensemble. The band has received many individual and ensemble awards at local, state, and regional Jazz Festivals. Some of the festivals we compete in regularly

  • Disney Performing Arts (every other year)

  • Hamilton High School(West) Jazz Festival

  • Nottingham High School Jazz Festival

  • Jackson Liberty Jazz Festival

  • Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival (every other year)

  • NJAJE State Festival (finalist in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016)


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