PRINCETON, NJ -- The Moonglowers, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's award-winning jazz group, continued their winning ways this weekend in Princeton, where they won thethe New Jersey Association for Jazz Education's Division II NJ State Championship.

"The band is selected to perform without reading music. I told them being prepared this well insures confidence," said instructor Vincent Turturiello (AKA "Mr. T"), who was among several music teachers across America nominated for Grammy Award consideration this year. "Show it when you take the stage and let the audience hear it when you perform. Music comes from the heart."

In addition to taking the overall title, the Moonglowers saxophone section also won the award for Best Saxophone section. Senior pianist Alex Karakis won the Rick Kerber Scholarship, which is awarded at the NJAJE State Finals to the Best Soloist who is a senior who will be pursuing music in college. In the fall, Alex will attend the Manhattan School of Music for Jazz Arts Piano Performance.