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Two Jefferson County Jazz Bands Named Best in State

JHS Jazz Band         SMS Jazz Band


Charles Town, W.Va.- The Jefferson High School and Shepherdstown Middle School Jazz Band have been named the 2017 Honor Jazz Band in their respective categories. The title deems Jefferson High the best high school jazz band in the state, while Shepherdstown Middle is the best middle school jazz band in the state.


On Feb.23, the West Virginia Music Educators Association (WVMEA) selected the bands to participate in the 2017 Middle and High School Honor Jazz Ensemble after reviewing recordings each group submitted.


“Jefferson High’s musicians have been working incredibly hard to master our music selections,” said J.P. Lynch, band director at Jefferson High School. “It’s been a pleasure listening to the music improve from the first read to the final performance. We can’t thank Jefferson County Schools enough for their support of this trip.”


As a part of this recognition, the bands performed an Honor Concert on Thursday, March 2 in Charleston, W.Va. Jefferson County Schools covered lodging and travel expenses for the trip. 


Chad Conant, band director at Shepherdstown Middle School said, “This is a dedicated group of musicians that are always working to improve their performance,” she said, It’s been a real pleasure bringing them into the Shepherdstown community to perform throughout the school year.”


Conant and the band gratefully acknowledge the help and support they receive from Jefferson County Schools, the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, Shepherdstown Rotary, as well as local musicians and businesses.


The public is invited to listen to the award-winning bands during their upcoming spring concerts. The Shepherdstown Middle School band will hold their performance in the Jefferson High School auditorium on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. The Jefferson High School Band Concert is slated for Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Jefferson High School auditorium.


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WVMEA is a professional organization designed to engage and support music teachers in West Virginia. The membership spans from those teaching pre-school to college.

The WVMEA aims to strengthen and advance the study of music education throughout the state by providing the latest music education resources. WVMEA provides leadership models in professional growth for teachers and highlights effective techniques, resources and materials that offer special opportunities for musical growth to school students.

About Jefferson County Schools

The mission of Jefferson County Schools is: “Through excellence in teaching and learning, Jefferson County Schools will ensure that all students value themselves and others, contribute to their community and succeed in a global society.” With a total of 17 schools, the district employs more than 1,100 staff members and enrolls more than 9,000 students.  The county is home to eleven elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools. Since 2000, Jefferson County has been one of the fastest growing localities in West Virginia, experiencing more than 30 percent growth in its population. As one of the top ten employers in Jefferson County, the district annually receives teacher grants for programs that contribute to hands-on learning, preparing students for the 21st century workplace. To learn more about Jefferson County Schools, visit