JACKSON – Jackson Liberty Jazz Band earned yet another title over the weekend as the Cavalcade of Bands 2019 NJ State Champions.
The band competed alongside 14 bands at the regional event on April 6 at Shawnee High School. Jackson Liberty came out on top in first place, and was also awarded Best Overall band, Best Trumpet and Trombone Section in the State.
Anthony Demateis, a Jackson Liberty junior and a trumpet player, was also named one of the best soloists in the state. He won seven best soloist awards just this season!
“Earning best soloist awards throughout the season and at the state festival is the most rewarding feeling I have ever experienced in my life and I am very excited to see what happens next year,” said Demateis.
Jackson Liberty Jazz Band began the season strong in February by taking home the win at their very first competition. Since then, the band has won every single competition.
Louis Santos, Jackson Liberty senior and drummer, stated: “I feel that our dedication and passion to the band really shows in our season’s success.”
“This year’s success is attributed to the kids. We have a great group that wants to learn and do well and they did just that,” said band director Scott Katona.