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December, 20, 2023
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM




High School Jazz Ensemble


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Jeremy Lumpkin

Performer Details

Performer Bio Synopsis

Hillgrove High School is located in Powder Springs, GA, and is one of 16 high schools in the Cobb County School District. The Cobb County School District is nationally recognized for its commitment to the fine arts, and in 2023, the district was recognized as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation for the 21st year. The Hillgrove High School Band Program is an award-winning organization of over three hundred students. The program offers four concert bands, four percussion ensembles, and two jazz bands. The program also have competitive marching band, indoor percussion ensemble, and winter guard. The Jazz Orchestra is the premier jazz ensemble at Hillgrove High School. This ensemble meets after school twice a week and consists of students from ninth through twelfth grade. The Jazz Orchestra was invited to perform at the 2023 Georgia Music Educator Association’s In-Service Conference. In April of 2023, the ensemble performed at a regional Essentially Ellington festival in Nashville, TN. In total, the Hillgrove jazz program includes over seventy students, including the Jazz Orchestra and a second jazz band, JazzGrove. Both ensembles have performed at local events in the metro Atlanta area, and many students have successfully auditioned into the district and all-state jazz ensembles. The Hillgrove concert bands have received many honors since the school's opening in 2006. The Wind Symphony was selected to participate in the Grand National Adjudicators Invitational in 2010, and the University of Georgia’s “Janfest” in 2010 and 2014. The Wind Symphony has also been invited to perform at the Georgia Music Educator Association’s In-service Conference in 2011 and 2017. In 2015, the Wind Ensemble was invited to the Music For All Southeastern Concert Festival. The Mark of Excellence was awarded to the program in 2016. Our concert bands and full orchestra have also performed in China, as well as Carnegie Hall. The marching and pageantry arts at Hillgrove have also been very successful. The marching band consistently makes finals at Bands of America Regional events. They were also invited to march in the 75th Anniversary D-Day Parade in Normandy, France. In 2021, the Hillgrove Indoor Winds Ensemble placed ninth at the Winter Guard International Championship competition. In 2022, our indoor percussion ensemble received the gold medal in Open Class at the Georgia Indoor Percussion Association’s Championship Competition. The band directors at Hillgrove are grateful for the consistent support of the Hillgrove High School administration, parents, and local community.

The Hillgrove High School Jazz Orchestra

Conductor's Bio

Mr. Jeremy L. Lumpkin is currently in his fourth year at Hillgrove High School where his primary responsibilities include directing the Hillgrove Marching Band, Wind Symphony, Concert Band, and Jazz Orchestra. Under his direction, the Jazz Orchestra was invited to perform at the 2023 Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Illinois. This ensemble is the first jazz band from Georgia to perform at the Midwest Clinic. The Jazz Orchestra was invited to perform at the 2023 Georgia Music Educator Association’s In-Service Conference, as well as the inaugural Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to Hillgrove High School, Mr. Lumpkin spent five years at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Georgia where his primary responsibilities include directing the Screamin’ Eagle Marching Band, the Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band, and the Collins Hill Jazz Orchestra. During his tenure at Collins Hill, both the Wind Symphony and Jazz Orchestra were invited to perform at The Georgia Music Educator Association’s In-Service Conference. The Wind Symphony was also invited to perform at the University of Georgia’s JanFest, as well as the University of Alabama’s High School Band Clinic. The Symphonic Winds was invited to perform at the Kennesaw State University Concert Band Invitational. Jeremy has had the privilege of being a clinician for multiple honor ensembles both at the middle and high school level. Prior to working at Collins Hill, Jeremy was the Director of Bands at West High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. During his four-year tenure at West High School, the concert band made two appearances at the Tennessee Music Educator Association’s State Festival, as well as receiving superior ratings in grades III, IV, V, and VI at the East Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Concert Festival. Jeremy has also found success in the pageantry arts, working as a staff member with the 2015 WGI World Champion Rhythm X Winds, as well as serving on the visual staff for Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016. Jeremy was also on the visual staff for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017 and 2018. Jeremy Lumpkin received his bachelor’s degree in music education from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, as well as a master’s degree in saxophone performance from The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. In 2014, Jeremy received The Young Music Educator of the Year Award from the Da Capo Association of the Tennessee Music Educators Association. In the same year, he was awarded Teacher of the Year by the students and faculty of West High School. In 2021, Jeremy was awarded the Star Teacher Award. He is a three-time recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence. He is also a recipient of the Minority Band Director National Association’s Meritorious Achievement Award. Jeremy is a member of Phi Beta Mu Fraternity Incorporated, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, and Phi Sigma Theta Honors Fraternity. Mr. Lumpkin currently resides in Duluth, Georgia with his wife Michelle, daughter Devyn, son Ellington, and golden doodle Miles.