Rhythmic Resonance: The Jazz Brilliance of Tomorrow at Musikfest Café

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The 12th Annual SteelStacks High School Jazz Band Showcase strikes a chord with 20 bands and five unforgettable events!

BETHLEHEM, PA, February 5, 2024 — ArtsQuest is honored to once again host the 12th Annual SteelStacks High School Jazz Band Showcase presented by KingSpry Attorneys & Counselors in partnership with Moravian University and official media partner Service Electric Cable TV. The Showcase, featuring 20 bands, will be held over five events in February and March at the Musikfest Café at SteelStacks at the ArtsQuest Center. This anticipated competition is a music-in-education program of ArtsQuest and the Moravian University Music Department’s Jazz Studies Program. Scholastic jazz groups from Pennsylvania and New Jersey will perform in front of a live audience and a judging panel of music educators.

Preliminary competition dates and participating schools include:

  • Sunday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m.
    • Kutztown High School
    • The Hill School
    • Brandywine Heights High School
  • Sunday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m.
    • Delaware Valley High School (PA)
    • Freedom High School
    • Pocono Mountain High School
    • Phillipsburg High School
  • Sunday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m.
    • Southern Lehigh High School Jazz Trane
    • Southern Lehigh High School Jazz Society
    • North Penn High School Navy
    • North Penn High School Columbia
    • Delaware Valley High School (NJ)
    • Warren Hills High School
  • Sunday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m.
    • Quakertown High School
    • Upper Moreland High School
    • Upper Moreland High School Jazz Two
    • Wilson Area High School
    • Bangor Area High School
    • Easton High School
    • LaSalle College High School Comp Band

Finals will take place on Sunday, March 24 at 4 p.m.

“KingSpry is thrilled to partner with ArtsQuest to present this jazz competition festival every year,” said Matthew Tranter, Deputy Managing Partner of KingSpry Attorneys & Counselors and a board member of the Friends of Levitt Pavilion. “Our education practice serves many of the schools represented which makes this event so worthwhile in addition to seeing these talented student musicians performing and competing on stage at ArtsQuest.”

Tickets for the preliminary rounds are $7 and can be purchased here for the Feb. 11 competition and here for the Feb. 25 competition or by calling the box office at 610-332-3378. (Ticket purchases for the final competition will be announced shortly). For more exclusive ticket access and advance purchase opportunities, become an ArtsQuest Circle Member today.

About ArtsQuest

ArtsQuest’s mission is to provide access to exceptional artistic, cultural and educational experiences using arts and culture as key elements of economic development for our urban communities. ArtsQuest™ supports this mission via the presentation of performing and visual arts, film, arts education classes and outreach, youth programming and cultural events. Through festivals such as its flagship event, Musikfest; the Banana Factory Arts Center; and the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks arts and cultural campus, ArtsQuest’s programming reaches more than 1.9 million people annually. The organization’s programs and events, over 50% of which are free to attend, have a combined economic impact of more than $136 million annually in the region.



Information provided to TVL by:
Jennifer LoConte
Director of Communications