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

<-  2017 ~ 2018  ->

** The JPS Band Program received the “Support Music Merit Award” (SMMA) from the NAMM Foundation for its commitment to music education for the second straight year.

 

** Nationally recognized High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Andrew DeNicola, was selected to perform at the Mid-Atlantic Honors Wind Band Festival held at Rutgers University. They were also selected to perform at the Closing Concert of the 20th Annual State Gala Concert, held at Kean University on Sunday, April 29. 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.

 

** 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.

 

** 36 band members were accepted through audition to the Central Jersey Region Bands; 4 members were selected on a second instrument! The following students placed 1st overall: Stephen Juan--English Horn; Sohil Shah--Bassoon; Hannah Seo--Bass Clarinet; Chris Shen--Percussion; Abhishek Taruvai---Tenor Saxophone; Brian Jiang---trumpet; Robert Zhu---Euphonium

 

** 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, was 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.

 

** The 2018 Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform at Trumpets, a jazz club in Montclair, New Jersey. They played. as the opening band for the “One More Once Big Band”. The featured soloist with both bands for the evening was the world-renowned jazz trumpeter, Ingrid Jensen.

 

** On Saturday evening, April 28, John P. Stevens High School hosted the NJAJE State Jazz Finals, Division 1, where 9 of the top-ranked jazz bands performed. The John P. Stevens Jazz Ensemble, directed by Andrew DeNicola, placed 1st overall, winning outstanding trombone section, trumpet section, and “Best Sight-Reading Band.” In addition, 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 held at Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS at 1:00 PM.

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Region Acceptence

(7 Freshman, 4 Sophomores, 15 Juniors, 10 Seniors)

Nitya Nadgir – Flute
Neha Choudhari – Flute
Stephen Juan – English Horn
Sohil Shah – Bassoon
Sean Zhang – Bassoon
Xavier Lee – Clarinet
Jelovus Jeevaraj – Clarinet
Lawrence Xing – Clarinet
Andrew Jin – Clarinet
Syna Tsai – Clarinet
Shivam Kamat – Alto Clarinet
Rubin Chang – Alto Clarinet
William Xing – Alto Clarinet
Hannah Seo – Bass Clarinet
Shivam Yadav – Bass Clarinet
Suvan Sundaresh – ContraBass Clarinet
Himanshu Patankar – ContraBass Clarinet
Jason Luo – Alto Sax

Abhishek Taruvai – Tenor Sax
Zoe Wang – Baritone Sax
Sreekar Vishwanathan – Baritone Sax
Brian Jiang – Trumpet
Matthew Liu – Trumpet
Raghul Ravindranathan – Trumpet
Shriyaus Lingam – Trumpet
Kathryn Carlin – French Horn
Aditya Chakrabarti – Trombone
Robert Zhu – Euphonium
Kireeti Mekala – Euphonium
Pranav Krishna – Tuba
Ashwin Konkimalla – Tuba
Timothy Hui – Tuba
Christopher Shen – Battery Percussion
Shruti Tandon – Battery Percussion
Mayank Paliwal – Battery Percussion
Rishi Shah – Battery Percussion

 

Bold = 1st Overall in region

 

Doublers

Shivam Yadav – Alto Clarinet

Syna Tsai – Alto Clarinet

Suvan Sundaresh – Bass Clarinet
Christopher Shen – Timpani

 

 

22

All State Acceptence

(4 Freshman, 11 Juniors, 7 Seniors)

Nitya Nadgir – Flute
Stephen Juan – English Horn
Sohil Shah – Bassoon
Xavier Lee – Clarinet
Jelovus Jeevaraj – Clarinet
Syna Tsai – Clarinet
William Xing – Alto Clarinet
Rubin Chang – Alto Clarinet
Shivam Yadav – Bass Clarinet
Hannah Seo – Bass Clarinet
Suvan Sundaresh – Contrabass Clarinet
Jason Luo – Alto Sax
Abhishek Taruvai – Tenor Sax
Zoe Wang – Bari Sax
Brian Jiang – Trumpet
Matthew Liu – Trumpet
Robert Zhu - Euphonium
Pranav Krishna – Tuba
Ashwin Konkimalla – Tuba
Chris Shen – Battery Percussion
Shruti Tandon – Battery Percussion
Mayank Paliwal – Battery Percussion

 

Bold = 1 st Overall in State


Doublers
Shivam Yadav – Alto Clarinet
Syna Tsai – Alto Clarinet
Hannah Seo – Contrabass Clarinet

 

 

 

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