2009 Connecticut Northern Region Middle School Jazz Ensemble


Here are two sets I selected and submitted to CMEA for their consideration. Ultimately, the first set was selected.


Set 1:

"Nzembo na Mvula Zamba" by Fred Sturm (Heritage Jazz Works)

"Bags Groove" by Milt Jackson & arr. by Mark Taylor (Hal Leonard Young Ens.)

"Here There & Everywhere" by the Beatles, arr. by Mark Taylor (Hal Leonard)

"Afro Blue" arr. by Mike Sweeny (Hal Leonard)


Set 2:

"Zach Attack" by Fred Strum

"Blues at the Gate" by Mike Tomaro

"It Only Happens Every Time" by Thad Jones. Orchestrated by Mike Carubia

"Uptown Stomp" by Larry Neeck


I would like to acknowledge the input and suggestions of several colleagues / friends who's opinions I seek often and value greatly:


  • Steve Hamilton (Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate, Winnipeg, Canada),
  • Craig Brenan (The Victoria School of Performing & Visual Arts, Edmonton, Canada) and
  • John Mastroianni (Hall High School, West Hartford, CT).