is one of the nations finest and most honored marching band programs. Previously known by its tagline "The East Coast Ocean of Soul" with members ages 11-18 from all over New York City. The band was founded in Sacramento, CA as the James Smooth Steppers in 2004 and has won three national championships, two regional championships and 15 parades in the high stepping marching band classification. The Empire State Marching Band travels over 12,000 miles nationally each year, performing and competing in front on millions of fans.
JSMLI INC offers beginning, intermediate, marching band and advanced instrumental music courses throughout the school year starting in August and ending at the start of the fiscal year July 1. Beginning band students are taught how to read, write and understand basic nomenclature and their learning is focused on the popular music genre. Intermediate band students are taught to read, write and understand intermediate music nomenclature while their learning is divided into three genres: popular music, jazz and concert band literature. Advanced band students are taught advanced music theory and are exposed to a variety of musical genres throughout the year. Marching Band is grown from the beginning, intermediate and advanced bands; the marching band performs a variety of popular music at cultural, athletic and national events.
Hail & Thunder Percussion
Hail & Thunder Percussion Ensemble is reserved for those students wishing to learn how to play, and read percussion music. Typically, students come from all over the city to march and play with our drum line which has won a number of national championships since 2004.