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Pops 'n Jazz

The Pops 'n Jazz Tradition

Home of one of the nation's top high school music programs, Hall High has produced the musical extravaganza known as Pops 'n Jazz since 1958, when the show was originated by former band director Bill Stanley. The tradition continued for over 25 years with Haig Shahverdian. Hall was one of the first high schools in the United States to integrate jazz into its daily curriculum, and Hall students have performed around the world.

Pops 'n Jazz features more than 100 student performers from the school's Concert Jazz Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Dancers, Choraliers (singers) and
I Giovani Solisti (string players). The program, which varies slightly each night, provides an array of American jazz classics from all eras, performed in big band and combo settings, highly choreographed jazz productions, and featured solo performances. The show offers an eclectic blend of music, ranging from traditional and progressive jazz to pop-rock and Broadway. In addition to the student performances, invited guests from the ranks of professional musicians appear on selected evenings. Participation of guest performers is supported by the Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust.

Showcasing up-and-coming young talent from the middle schools and elementary schools, there will be special performances by the KP Singers, Sixth Dimension, King Philip Jazz Band, Bristow Middle School Jazz Band, Aiken Elementary Jazz Band and the Norfeldt Elementary Jazz Band. The Hall Junior Artists also perform, which include elementary students from Aiken, Whiting Lane, Bugbee, Norfeldt, Morley, and Smith elementary schools. Pops 'n Jazz is produced by James Antonucci, Hall High's Director of Bands and Jazz Bands and Emmett Drake, Hall High and Conard High's Director of Orchestras. Vocal Direction is by Hall High Choir Director Lorri Cetto, and Choreography and Musical Staging is by Tessa Grunwold. Technical Direction is by Greg Scheiber, Stagecraft teacher and Technical Director for Hall and Conard High Schools.



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