Lakewood Jazz Ensemble

The Lakewood Jazz Ensemble is a Community Arts program sponsored by the Township of Lakewood for 20 professional musicians from NJ, NY, PA, MA, and MD. The band is founded and conducted by Wilbur Wittemann and has been rehearsing and performing for over 25 years. The world class band has performed and recorded with the following world famous jazz musicians: DIZZY GILLESPIE, MAYNARD FERGUSON, ARTURO SANDUVAL, URBIE GREEN, SLIDE HAMPTON, LOUIS BELLSON, BILL WATROUS, ALLEN VIZZUTTI, STEVE TURRE, CLARK TERRY, PHIL WOODS, LEW TABACKIN, AL COHN, RED RODNEY, BUTCH MILES, BOB MINTZER, AND THE ARTIE SHAW ORCHESTRA. If you love Big Band Jazz check out the Lakewood Jazz Ensemble website. WWW.LAKEWOODJAZZ.COM


Wilbur Wittemann is a graduate of the Lakewood Public Schools and West Chester University. He has been the Lakewood Middle School band director for 28 years and Director of Bands at Georgian Court University for 18 years. In 2001 Georgian Court University named Wilbur as Director of Jazz Studies. Over the past twenty five years, Wilbur has conducted bands and performed on trumpet with many world famous musicians and orchestras: Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sanduval, Urbie Green, Slide Hampton, Louis Bellson, Bill Watrous, Allen Vizzutti, Steve Turre, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Bob Mintzer, Lew Tabackin, Randy Brecker, Red Rodney, Jose Feliciano, Little Anthony, The Platters, Shari Lewis and the Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras. Wilbur is conductor of orchestras with the string sections from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Trenton Symphony and the Philly Pops. Ranging in size from 3 to 40 musicians, Wilbur Wittemann Orchestras perform all styles of music. Wilbur performs on cornet, trumpet, and flugelhorn with his Bourbon Street Dixieland Band, Musicology, Wilbur Wittemann Revue, and The Lakewood Jazz Ensemble. He has been arranging and coordinating various concert series and jazz festivals for over 25 years. Wilbur has received the prestigious ?Lifetime Achievement Award? from the NJ International Association of Jazz Education and has been selected as Lakewood Middle School Teacher of the Year two times. Most recently he has been selected as Citizen of the Year by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and elected to the Alumni Hall of Fame. Wilbur is one of the tri-state areas most requested clinicians and festival judges. In the month of July Wilbur directs a very successful summer music camp for musicians of all ages. He and his wife Beverly recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and reside in Lakewood. To contact Wilbur by E-mail: or visit his website at for a downloadable press kit. To contact Wilbur by E-mail: or visit his website at


Watch website for upcoming events including the 21st annual Music Spectacular Jazz Festival and 2008 Big Band BootCamp performances.

Web site by William F. Dudley; content by Lakewood Jazz Ensemble