Sunday, May 10, 2015


High School Jazz Band

bergenPAC Performing Arts School Announces


WHEN: Monday, May 18, 7:30 PM
WHERE: bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood
$10 and are available by calling 201.482.8194 or by emailing

The Jazz Band Festival features performances by local high school jazz bands: Cresskill High School, Saddle Brook High School, and Westwood High School. The show will showcase their talents and musicality. 

Participation in the event includes a professional recording session in the recording studio at the Performing Arts School. Each school will keep their recordings and can use them for promotional purposes at their schools. The recordings will be produced by bergenPAC studio engineer Tom Tarkizikis at the brand new bergenPAC recording studio at the Performing Arts School.

The festival will consist of 30 minutes of a jazz fusion set by each participating school on the bergenPAC main stage.

“Englewood has such a rich history in Jazz Music, we really wanted to showcase the jazz talent in our county and provide students with the experience of playing on the same stage as Chic Corea, Bernie Williams, and George Benson,” said Alexander Diaz, Director of Education at The Performing Arts School. 

The event is the brainchild of bergenPAC Board of Trustees member Matt Ross, whose son plays in the jazz band at Cresskill High School. In collaboration with Cresskill’s Jazz Band Teacher, Joe Verderese, the two came up with the idea of the Festival to allow students to freely express themselves in a unique, yet professional way.

Here is the schedule for the event:


Band 1

Band 2

Band 3





Sound Check








About bergenPAC Performing Arts School
The Education program at bergenPAC features a series of classes, school residencies, workshops, live performances, student productions and ensemble groups in the performing arts for students ages 2 1/2 months to 21 years old.

The program provides students with unique and “hands-on” arts training by industry professionals that allow them to gain real world experience and enhance academic achievement through the arts. bergenPAC’s arts education initiatives occur on-site at our new Performing Arts School building at 1 Depot Square, Englewood, NJ or off-site at other schools. The school reaches more than 30,000 students annually.

The Performing Arts School offers basic and professional level performing arts classes and ensemble groups and productions in theater, dance, and music for students of all ages and abilities including special needs. The school also offers beyond bergenPAC, a school Partnership Program with school districts throughout the area.

To enroll now or for more information contact 201.503.8326 or or

About bergenPAC
Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that reaches more than 30,000 students annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community. 

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