The Hall High School jazz program has enjoyed a rich and storied tradition of excellence during the past 40 plus years! Born in the 1950's under the leadership and vision of Bill Stanley, the jazz program has continued to be a nationally recognized institution. The band is currently directed by Haig Shahverdian and John Mastroianni.
The Concert Jazz Band has received numerous awards and accolades since its inception. The big band and combos have consistently placed first at the Berklee Jazz Festival, and have received numerous awards in many categories of the annual Downbeat Magazine Student Awards. The band has repeatedly been a finalist at the Essentially Ellington Competition and Lincoln Center, tours Europe bi-annually, has performed at the White House, and has had many members chosen for the Nationally Grammy Jazz Ensemble. There are currently many Hall High School alumni making their mark in the global jazz community.
The main focus of the program is the school's annual Pops 'n Jazz production, a unique and collaborative production featuring the jazz bands, jazz singers, and jazz dancers. Students perform for five nights for an audience of more than four thousand, and they have shared the stage with world-renowned artists such as Phil Woods, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, John Fedchock, Steve Marcus, Tony Kadleck, and John Mosca. The Concert Jazz Band has commissioned works by composers such as John Fedchock, Jeff Jarvis, Matt Harris, and Eric Richards.
If you are interested in hearing the jazz bands perform, please contact us. You may order the band's most recent CD, as well as earlier recordings. The Hall High School Jazz Combo is also available to perform at your special occasion.