The John P. Stevens High School Band Program is proud to announce the following achievements for 2017-2018:
** 36 band members were accepted through audition to the Central Jersey Region Bands; 4 members were selected on a second instrument!
** 22 band members were accepted through audition to the New Jersey All-State Band;
3 members were selected on a second instrument! The following students placed 1st overall:
Xavier Lee---clarinet; Shivam Yadav---bass clarinet; Abhishek Taruvai---tenor saxophone; Brian Jiang---trumpet.
** 8 band members were accepted to perform at the NAfME All-Eastern Division Band Conference (comprised of 13 states along the East Coast) in April of 2017. The JPS Wind Ensemble was also accepted to perform during this prominent conference which occurs once every two years.
** Largest number of students accepted into Region, All-State, & All-Eastern Band from any one school.
** Varun Das, senior drummer, accepted through audition to the Grammy Jazz Band. While touring for one week with the best high school jazz musicians in America, Varun performed at famous New York City jazz venues, recorded an album, and played at the Grammy after-party.
** Nationally-recognized High School Wind Ensemble invited to play at the NJ State Gala and Mid-Atlantic Honors Wind Band Festival.
** The 2017 Jazz Ensemble was the New Jersey Association of Jazz Educators (NJAJE) Group A State Champion. In addition, our Jazz Ensemble won awards for best trumpet section, best rhythm section, best soloist: trumpet - Zachary Kibel, best soloist: saxophone - Cheikh Higgs, and best sight reading band. This year’s version has also been selected to perform at Trumpets, a jazz club in Montclair, New Jersey. They will play on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. as the opening band for the “One More Once Big Band”. The featured soloist with both bands for the evening will be the world-renowned jazz trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.
** Our Lab Jazz Band has also been a perennial state finalist.
** The 185-member Marching Hawks placed 1st at USBands New Jersey State Championships in Group VI Open and received the highest score overall and winning caption awards for Best Music and Best Visual.
** The Marching Hawks placed 1st overall in the USBands New Jersey Regional Championship Preliminaries winning caption awards for Best Music, Best Visual, and Best Overall Effect. In the evening, the Marching Hawks finished 3rd place overall (Finals), winning caption awards for Best Music and Best Color Guard.
** The Marching Hawks placed 3rd at USBands National Championships at MetLife Stadium.