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Northrop High School Jazz Band #1


The Northrop High School jazz program has existed for nearly 40 years. Three auditioned extra-curricular big bands and two jazz combos provide students with many exciting opportunities to experience and learn about jazz. Jazz Band #1 performs at numerous jazz festivals throughout the Midwest and is often named a Top Honor band. Every year Northrop High School hosts the Barry A. Ashton Jazz Festival, which provides a performance venue for middle and high school jazz programs, and brings in jazz clinicians to work with the students. Many of the Northrop jazz students take private lessons, spend time in small ensembles


refining their musical skills, and their dedication to musical excellence is continually recognized through their hard work and outstanding performances.


Director:


Jason Witzigreuter is a 1993 graduate of Snider High School and a 1998 graduate of Ball State University. Jason is in his eleventh year of teaching and in his second year at Northrop High School. Prior to his time at Northrop, Jason taught band and choir at East Side Middle School in Anderson, Indiana, 6-12 band for the Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and 6-12 band at Angola High School and Angola Middle School. At Northrop, Jason teaches the Freshman Band, Varsity Band, Concert Band, the Big Orange Pride Marching Band, Jazz Band 1, Jazz Band 3, Charisma Orchestra, and the Shawnee Middle School after school Jazz Band. Jason is married to Dani and they have two children, Cameron and Samantha.


Program:


The Northrop High School Jazz Band #1 will perform selections from Robert Curnow, Dan Gailey, Bill Holman, David Baker among others. Guest artist Dr. Farrell Vernon, Professor of Jazz Studies and Saxophone at Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne will be featured on many of the selections.


Friday, January 20, 2012 ACPL Theater 10:30 a.m.


Penn High School Symphonic Winds


The Symphonic Winds is the Flagship Ensemble of the Penn High School Band Program. Since the establishment of Penn High School in 1958, the Penn Bands have enjoyed a long tradition of performance excellence and strong community support. The curriculum of the Penn Bands includes five concert bands (two freshmen bands, along with Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds), three jazz ensembles (Advanced Jazz, Intermediate Jazz and the After School Jazz Orchestra), Percussion Class, Jazz Combos, Marching Band, Color Guard and Winter Guard. The Symphonic Winds is a 10 time Indiana State Concert Band Finalist with consistent appearances since 2002. The band performed at the 2007 IMEA Convention and at the 2008 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.


Director:


Glenn Northern is Director of Bands at Penn High School and also serves as the leader of the newly formed Fine Arts and Communications Academy. Glenn has taught in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation since 2001. At Penn, Glenn’s teaching duties include directing the Symphonic Winds as well as assisting with the Concert Band and over-seeing the Penn High School Marching Kingsmen. Prior to teaching at Penn, Glenn taught at Castle High School, Evansville Bosse High School and at Rensselaer Central High School. Glenn is a member of the Indiana Music Educators


Association, the Indiana Bandmasters Association, The National Band Association, and Phi Beta Mu. He has served on the Executive Committees of IBA and ISSMA, where he has twice received the Distinguished Service Award.


50 2012 IMEA Professional Development Conference


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