Newark Academy Big Band
Newark Academy, Livingston , NJ
The Newark Academy Big Band is one of a dozen instrumental groups offered at Newark Academy. The band has been involved in state and national competitions, placing first in New Jersey’s State Jazz Band Competition the last six years (2010-2015). In 2012 the big band placed 5th in the country for the prestigious Essentially Ellington Festival and Competition and were also finalists in 2015. Both the combo and the big band have also been finalists in the Mingus Competition, with the big band coming in first in 2014 and 2015. Members of the big band are also involved in other auditioned groups such as Jazz House Kids, Jazz for Teens, Jazz Regions, Jazz All States and the Grammy Session Band. The band is honored to have had the opportunity to work with talented clinicians such as Eddie Bert, Vincent Gardner, Steve Davis, David Gibson, Alvin Atkinson, Marcus Printup, Kenny Rampton, Andre Hayward, Jeremy Pelt, Steve Turre and Ali Jackson to name a few.