SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- He's going out on top.
Last week, Vincent Turturiello, director of award-winning Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School jazz band The Moonglowers, announced his upcoming retirement. His band won one more for the departing "Mr. T," The Moonglowers took the The New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE) Division II State Finals held on Saturday, April 30, at Princeton High School.
The championship is the third straight for group, which competed against Mount Olive, Nutley, Morristown, Roxbury, Cherry Hill West, Princeton Studio Band, the Princeton Jazz Ensemble, and The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Jazz Band. The Moonglowers have won the state competition a total of 12 times.
"To have a program develop like ours,takes time,maybe even years, I can recall the program really starting to develop around 1988, the level of play improved and the students understood what it would take to have a championship program," said Mr. T.
"Staffing is extremely important in this development. When I became supervisor I was able to hire teachers that would all work for a common goal. I guess it worked because our program ranks right up there with the top 5 in the state."
To watch the winning performance, click here:
The NJAJE is committed to guiding and assisting the journey of students, teachers, and all who appreciate the art form of jazz. The organization meets this ongoing challenge through a variety of educational activities, including regional and all state jazz and jazz choir ensembles, small jazz combo festivals, one-on-one educational opportunities, and more.