Jazz Ensemble II


Under the Direction of Stephen G. Baldanzi

The North Allegheny Jazz Ensemble II comprises  jazz musicians from grades 9 through 12. Students wishing to be a member of this ensemble must audition in the fall.  This ensemble studies, rehearses, and performs a wide range of advanced music from the jazz idiom. 

Under the direction or Mr. Stephen G. Baldanzi, the NA Jazz Ensemble II has received excellent and superior ratings in regional and national music festivals, including the Festivals of Music Music Festivals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Windy City Classic Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, the Slippery Rock University Jazz Festival, the Edinboro University Jazz Festival, and the WDUQ/Duquesne University Jazz Festival,

NA Jazz Ensemble II  has had the great honor of working with some of the finest music educators and jazz musicians including Mr. Jim Snidero- New York Saxophonists and author of The Jazz Conception, Mr. Ralph Ford- Director of Bands and the world renowned "Sound of the South" Marching Band, the John Long School of Music from Troy University, Troy, Alabama, and Dr. Stephen Hawk, Director of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at Slippery Rock University.

The band has also had the pleasure of hosting guest performances by Mr. Ernie Pontiere former singer for the Letterman, Mr. Greg Macaluso, former pianist, writer, and arranger for Wayne Newton in Las Vegas Nevada, Mr. Louis Pisani, former lead trumpet player for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble I under the direction of Dr. Stephen Hawk, the Youngstown State University Jazz Ensemble I under the direction of Dr. Kent Engelhardt, and the Youngstown State University Faculty Jazz Combo, the Hawk-Tomaro Big Band, under the and the direction of Dr. Stephen Hawk and Michael Tomaro, and the United States Marine Corps Jazz Combo from Athens, Georgia.

For information about the NA Jazz Ensemble I, email Mr. Stephen G. Baldanzi at sbaldanzi@northallegheny.org.