Due to the popularity of jazz participation in Haverford High School, there are three performing jazz groups: the HHS Jazz Lab band, the HHS Jazz Ensemble and the HHS Jazz Combo.
The HHS Jazz Lab Band:
rehearses once a week (Thursday 3:30–5 p.m.)
keeps musicians actively participating in jazz performance and practice
is not graded, and does not earn credit
performs at school concerts
The HHS Jazz Ensemble:
directed by Mike Fein
performs advanced Jazz literature
emphasizes improvisation in a variety of jazz styles
rehearses 2 times per week (Wednesday 2:30–4:25 p.m. and Thursday 7:30–9:30p.m.)
performs at concerts, festivals and competitions
is a graded course
earns .4 credits, over the course of the year.
requires enrollment in HHS Block 4 Band or Orchestra
**There is an updated orange button link to a Google Drive folder with the songs we are working on throughout the year. Currently, I have Fancy Dan, Just Scratchin', and Kenya all posted in that folder. Please listen to these tunes often!
**Direct link to the Google Drive folder (Haverford Google Login Required)
The HHS Jazz Combo:
performs jazz tunes in a small-group setting
heavily emphasizes improvisation
encourages students to compose and arrange for the ensemble
rehearses 1 time per week (Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm)
performs at concerts
is not graded and does not earn credit
Selection and group placement for high school jazz performance is determined by audition, held in June for the following year.
Please check the Calendar for performance information.
The HMS Jazz Fords:
rehearses once a week (Wednesdays 2:45-4)
introduces musicians to jazz styles
performs at school concerts
The HMS Jazz Ensemble
directed by Alex Gittelman
rehearses 3 times per week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 7:00-7:30 a.m.)
performs at concerts and competitions
Annual Evening of Jazz
Each year, we celebrate the wonderful jazz program in our schools with the Evening of Jazz. This fun evening of music and a dessert buffet raises funds for the Haverford School District Jazz Ensembles and showcases all of our jazz musicians.
The Evening of Jazz is also the culmination of the jazz residency program in Haverford. Each year, a professional musician leads workshops for all jazz musicians at the middle and high schools and visits as many elementary schools as time permits. The visiting musician performs with all the groups at the Evening of Jazz and, occasionally, arranges music for these groups.
Donate to the Haverford Jazz Residency Fund
The residency is funded entirely through contributions. Without your donation, this amazing opportunity would not be possible. Download a jazz residency pledge card, which contains complete details about making a tax-deductible contribution. Donation can also be made using PayPal, please send donations using Haverfordjazzresident@gmail.com.
HHS Jazz Ensemble web site, directed by Mike Fein
Jazz Fords info, visit the director's Canvas page
HMS Jazz Ensemble info, visit the director's Canvas page
BOPs Liaison: Mimi Drew