Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz has been sharing the joy of live jazz and educating young musicians since our founding in 1980.

We believe that the spontaneity of jazz makes this music best experienced live - and that the energy of a great performance makes the music simply irresistible.

Check out our EVENTS page to see what we have coming up!

Our commitment to jazz education is fueled by the belief that learning jazz improvisation is beneficial for all students, whether or not they intend to pursue a career in music.

The key tenets of jazz improvisation - uninhibited self-expression, negotiation of ideas within a group, and spontaneous problem-solving - are applicable to life outside jazz. Our educational programs include the Central Pennsylvania Jazz Camp, the Friends of Jazz Youth Band, and the Ron Waters Scholarship.

 JAZZ - because life is improvised!


Board of Directors

Tim Warfield, Jr., artistic director 
Ted Reese, president 
Dave Wagner, vice president 
Mark Swartzbaugh, secretary 
Rita Hicks, treasurer 
Steve Rudolph 
Mark Hunsberger 
Trent Hargrove 
Justin Bowden 
Dr. Paul Haidet

Philip Horn - director

Sheila Ross, office manager

Dr. William Stowman, jazz camp director


Learn more about the individual and corporate donors who support the Friends of Jazz.

Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our EIN/Tax ID # is 23-2137529.

The official registration and financial information of Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.