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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:​

  • directed by Liz Marino

  • 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 Michael Fein

  • performs advanced Jazz literature

  • emphasizes improvisation in a variety of jazz styles

  • rehearses 2 times per week (Wednesday 2:30–4:30p.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

Listening Page:

**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)

2022-2023 Performances

The HHS Jazz Combo:​

  • directed by Michael Fein

  • 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.

The HMS Jazz Fords:​

  • directed by Thomas Kolakowski

  • rehearses once a week (Wednesdays 2:45-4:00pm)

  • introduces musicians to jazz styles

  • performs at school concerts

The HMS Jazz Ensemble

  • directed by Joseph Carano

  • rehearses 3 times per week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 7:00-7:30 a.m.)

  • performs at concerts and competitions

  • emphasizes improvisation

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

Evening of Jazz Recordings

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

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