The Great Oak Jazz Ensembles enter their 20th year anniversary under the Direction of Jerry Burdick-Rutz. The ensembles have been honored to host several well known artists including Sherry Williams; Kornel Fakete-Kovacs; Delfeayo Marsalis; and most recently Derek Brown (aka Beatbox Sax). The Jazz Ensembles under the moniker “Soul Tree”, have performed on stage in the American Cathedral in Paris and Cadogan Hall in London.
About the Director:
Mr. Burdick-Rutz enters his 20th year as Director of Music at Great Oak H.S. He earned his masters Degree from the University of New Mexico & his Bachelors of Music from Michigan State University. At MSU, he was the Drum Major of the Spartan Marching Band, and was Drum Major of the 1993 World Champion Cadets of Bergen County Drum & Bugle Corps.