The Hall High School jazz program has enjoyed a rich and storied tradition of excellence for nearly six decades! Established in 1958 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 James Antonucci.
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 National 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.
The Hall High Jazz Bands and Jazz Combo are available to perform at private parties, corporate events, fundraisers, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and more. For information, please contact James Antonucci