North Marion H.S. Music Department

J. Craig Lilly
Director of Music





Under the direction of Mr. J. Craig Lilly, the Jazz Ensemble performs year round at a variety of school and community events. Ensemble members must also participate in Marching Band and Concert Band, as well as taking on the additional responsibility of performing in the Jazz Ensemble.

This ensemble performs the true American art form, Jazz. The styles of music ranges from big band, swing, bebop, funk, samba, bossa nova, mambo, and rock. Students are exposed to music from 1900 to present time, and learn basic improvisation skills. The Jazz Ensemble has received superior and excellent ratings at the Florida Bandmasters Association Jazz District Festival.

The Jazz Band performs at the Optimist Festival in spring and every April travels to the Masonic Lodge in St. Petersburg, Florida to entertain the residents and share stories and other experiences.

For information on booking the Jazz Ensemble for your event, contact Mr. Lilly.


The Jazz Band will performing the following selections for the 2017 Winter Concert Concert:



                                                   Jazz Ensemble Members

Alto Saxophone
Tobi Novinger 
Elexxis Blackburn 
Tenor Saxophone
Hannah Dunbar
Baritone Saxophone
Mary Gonzaga 
Jordan Tobar
Aaron Gomez 
Whitney Gomez 
Charlie Barthlow 
Casey Medina
Chris Clever
Maria Moss 
Brian Dubose
Brandon Mccraine 


NMHS Band Directors

J. Craig Lilly


Bill Pirzer


Andrew Couse


Barden Cuddington


Hugh F. Wolcott


Countdown Clock


Current Fundraiser

Students have been given a Domino's fundraiser sheet to sell cards for pizza.  These were passed out on both Tuesday and Thursday, July 18 & 20. This fundraiser can help students pay for band camp ($100) or their fair share which is $200 for the entire year.  All money the kids raise go into their own band account at the school. Remember that you can subtract $5 for each music rehearsal you attended in July (4 total).