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10TH ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND SHOWCASE RETURNS TO STEELSTACKS CAMPUS

ArtsQuest will host this competition in February featuring 21 local and regional bands

BETHLEHEM, Pa.— ArtsQuest is proud to announce the return of the 10th Annual SteelStacks High School Jazz Band Showcase presented by King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC with broadcast partner Service Electric. ArtsQuest, in partnership with Moravian University, will host 21 local and regional high school bands live on Sun., Feb. 20 and Sun., Feb. 27. Face coverings will be required to attend this event. Tickets for the event’s preliminary rounds are $7 per-session and on sale now at steelstacks.org or by calling the box office at 610.332.3378.

“Our law firm is exceedingly proud of our partnership with ArtsQuest and the High School Jazz Band Showcase,” said John Freund, KingSpry Education Law Practice Chair. “Music is a gateway to so many great things, and it is a great feeling to know we’re helping these students have a fantastic experience that will launch them toward a bright future.”

Scholastic jazz groups from Pennsylvania and New Jersey will perform in front of a live audience and judging panel comprised of music educators. This annual competition is a music-in-education partnership between ArtsQuest and the Moravian University Music Department's Jazz Studies Program. Preliminaries are set Feb. 20 and Sun., Feb. 27 with finals to be held on Sun., March 27 at 4 p.m.

“It is a huge relief to begin the High School Jazz Band Showcase again! The last two years have provided unprecedented challenges for all performers, professionals and students alike,” Dr. Neil Wetzel Jazz Band Showcase Educational Director and Director of Jazz Studies, Moravian University said. “ArtsQuest's continued support of performing arts education programs provides opportunities to aspiring musicians and educators; especially on such a prestigious platform like the Musikfest Café.” 

Scheduled competitors for Sun., Feb 20 noon session include Kutztown High School, The Hill School, LaSalle College High School Band, LaSalle College High School – Lab Band and Delaware Valley High School (Pa.). Sun., Feb 20 4 p.m. session include Bangor Area High School, Wilson Area High School, William Tennent High School and Delaware Valley High School (N.J.).

Scheduled competitors for Sun., Feb. 27 noon session include Brandywine Heights High School, Upper Moreland High School, Central Bucks High School South, North Penn High School Columbia Jazz Band, North Penn High School Navy Jazz Band and Warren Hills High School.  Sun., Feb. 27 4 p.m. session include Freedom High School, Quakertown High School, Pocono Mountain East High School, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Saucon Valley High School and Easton High School.C

For more information or to purchase tickets for the event’s preliminary rounds visit steelstacks.org. Face coverings will be required to attend this event. Visit artsquest.org/safety for the latest updates.