Memphis Central High School Jazz Band
Directed by Ollie Liddell (Memphis, TN)
Founded in 1909 and known as “THEE” high school because Central was the first High School in Memphis, the band program was vital to the school culture from its inception. The award-winning Memphis Central High School Jazz Band has been in existence for many years and has produced many talented musicians such as pianist James Williams, Bill Mobley, saxophonist Gary Topper, pianist Dr. Ashley Davis. The band has been winner of the University of Memphis Jazz Band festival as well as Jazz Festivals in St. Louis; Mobile, AL; in Disney World; and others around the mid-South. Central High School Jazz Band students are routinely members of the West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association’s All-West Jazz Band as well as Tennessee’s All-State Jazz Band. This is the band’s 3rd appearance at Swing Central Jazz having been a finalist in 2014 and 2015. The Jazz band is one of several performing ensembles in the Central High band program which includes marching band, wind ensemble, symphonic band, concert band, pep band, percussion ensemble, as well as other small chamber ensembles.