John P. Stevens High School Band
John P. Stevens High School Band

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The John P. Stevens Band Program is proud to announce this year both jazz ensembles were accepted to perform at the NJAJE State Jazz Finals. Our top jazz ensemble, under the direction of Andrew DeNicola, was awarded State Champions at finals for the third straight year – this is the 10th time overall in JPS jazz history!! Our top jazz ensemble also won awards at the State Jazz Finals for best trumpet section, best trombone section, and best sight-reading band! Varun Das, senior drummer, was the recipient of the Rick Kerber Memorial Scholarship Soloist Award. The John P. Stevens Lab Jazz Band, directed by John Zazzali, placed 3rd overall. The two ensembles were invited to play at the NJAJE State Jazz Festival Gala on May 12, located at Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS, beginning at 1:00 pm.

 

In the 2018 school year, 36 JPS students were selected through auditions for Central Jersey Region Band, while 22 students were selected for the N.J. All-State Band. Once again, these numbers represent the highest number from any one school in the state! For more information visit www.jpstevensband.org

 

On Saturday evening, April 30, 2016 John P. Stevens High School hosted the New Jersey State Jazz Finals where 9 of the top-ranked jazz bands performed. 

 

The John P. Stevens Jazz Ensemble, directed by Andrew DeNicola, placed 1st overall, winning best saxophone section, trumpet section, and “Best Sight-Reading Band.”  The JPS Lab Jazz Band, directed by John Zazzali, placed 4th overall.  Lab Jazz member, Brian Jiang (flugelhorn), was 1 of 4 students recognized for Outstanding Soloist. Two jazz ensemble members, Zachary Kibel (flugelhorn) and Varun Das (drums), were identified as honorable-mention soloists.

 

The John P. Stevens High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Andrew DeNicola, was selected to perform at the Closing Concert of the 18th Annual State Gala Concert, held at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.  The Concert was held on Sunday, May 1.  The Wind Ensemble was chosen to perform at this event based on their superior performance at the recent CJMEA Concert Band Festival this past March.

Other accolades this season include a staggering “48” students from JPS who were selected through audition to the 2016 Central Jersey Region Band with “28” of those students selected to the 2016 New Jersey All-State Band.  These students represent the highest number from any one school in New Jersey!

Andrew DeNicola earned the National Federation of State High Schools Association (NFHS) "Outstanding Music Educator Award.” The Music Advisory Committee selected the recipients based on their significant contributions to high school music activities. The awards recognize high school or college band, choral or orchestral directors, supervisors and adjudicators. This year, eight individuals were winners throughout the United States.

Congratulations to Mr. DeNicola, Mr. Zazzali, and the entire John P. Stevens High School Band Program on their outstanding accomplishments.

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Region Acceptence

(6 Freshman, 7 Sophomores, 19 Juniors, 16 Seniors)

Jessica Ho – Flute

Jana Tse – Flute

Cheryl Chang – Flute

Rachel Zi – Flute

Grace Chung – Oboe

Stephen Juan – English Horn

Ethan Melamed – Bassoon

Jack Wu – Bassoon

Sohil Shah – Bassoon

Jacqueline Quan – Clarinet

Gloria Feng– Clarinet

Kelly Yu – Clarinet

Wendy Wang – Clarinet

Xavier Lee – Clarinet

Aaron Wang – Clarinet

Andrew Jin – Clarinet

Jelovus Jeevaraj – Clarinet

Rishabh Kapoor – Alto Clarinet

Shivam Yadav – Alto Clarinet

Justin Huh – Bass Clarinet

Dennis Nguyen – Bass Clarinet

Vignesh Vishwanathan – Bass Clarinet

Hannah Seo – Bass Clarinet

Stefan Lim – Contrabass Clarinet

Jason Luo – Alto Sax

Thomas Hsu – Baritone Sax

Christie Hui – Baritone Sax

Zachary Kibel – Trumpet

David Tian– Trumpet

Brian Jiang – Trumpet

Akshat Mehta – Trumpet

Jason Kolesar – Trumpet

Matthew Liu – Trumpet

Chandan Jain – Trumpet

Michael Wang – French Horn

Zachary Tong – French Horn

Sung-Chen Tsai – French Horn

Monika Gurnani – Trombone

Darshan Singh – Euphonium

Savit Joshi – Tuba

Varun Das – Battery Percussion

Eric Zhang – Battery Percussion

Jacob Hausman – Battery Percussion

Shekhar Kripalani – Battery Percussion

Christopher Shen – Battery Percussion

Shruti Tandon – Battery Percussion

 

Katelyn Pan – Mallet Percussion

Sydney Kwan – Mallet Percussion

 

Bold = 1st Overall in region

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All State Acceptence

(2 Freshman, 5 Sophomores, 14 Juniors, 7 Seniors)

Jessica Ho – Flute

Rachel Zi – Flute

Jana Tse – Flute

Cheryl Chang – Flute

Ethan Melamed – Bassoon

Jack Wu – Bassoon

Jacqueline Quan – Clarinet

Jelovus Jeevaraj – Clarinet

Xavier Lee – Clarinet

Gloria Feng – Clarinet

Aaron Wang – Clarinet

Kelly Yu – Clarinet

Rishabh Kapoor – Alto Clarinet

Shivam Yadav – Alto Clarinet

Justin Huh – Bass Clarinet

Dennis Nguyen – Bass Clarinet

Vignesh Vishwanathan – Bass Clarinet

Stefan Lim – Contrabass Clarinet

Hannah Seo – Contrabass Clarinet

Jason Luo – Alto Sax

Zachary Kibel – Trumpet

David Tian – Trumpet

Matt Liu – Trumpet

Jason Kolesar – Trumpet

Michael Wang – French Horn

Zachary Tong – French Horn

Varun Das – Battery Percussion

Eric Zhang – Battery Percussion

      

Bold = 1st Overall in State

 

 

 

Extra Credit - Doublers

Ethan Melamed – Flute

Stefan Lim – Alto Clarinet

Xavier Lee – Alto Clarinet

Vignesh Viswanathan – Contrabass Clarinet

Eric Zhang – Mallets

 

 

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