SPARTA, NJ -The Sparta High School's Jazz Bank "Blues, Inc!" has qualified for the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education State Jazz Finals.

Band Director Andrew Lopez was "honored to share the news," with the band, explaining the group earned a fourth place rank based on their performance at the Liberty Middle School in West Orange on March 6.

The finals will be held on Saturday April 22 in Princeton.  This requires more than the usual commitment as it takes place during spring break and all members of the band must be present to compete.

"I am so very proud of all of you," Lopez said to his students.  "Your hours and hours of hard work are paying off in a big way, and in a month and a half, we will have the opportunity to compete for top honors in the state."