Steve Kaplan began his young musical studies on saxophone under Mario DeCarolis and Verne Whitlock. Performing with the Indigos Dance/Stage Band as a teenager, Kaplan was named student director, and was twice selected to the Central Jersey Music Educators Association jazz band as lead alto sax player. Steve received a BA in Music Education from Montclair State College. He taught in Trenton, NJ and has been directing the Ewing HS jazz ensemble since 2004.
Steve joined the Summer Swing Orchestra in 2007 and was immediately named as Musical Director playing lead alto, tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piano (as well as support vocals). Under Kaplan’s tutelage, the band’s library has grown from several dozen numbers to hundreds of songs in a wide variety of genres. A talented composer/arranger, Steve plays with the Odessa Klezmer Band, Joe Zook’s Blues Deluxe Band, the Phil Amato Orchestra, and the Jazz Vanguards (among other groups).
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If you’re looking for the sounds of the 1930’s to today, we play the music you love. Whether your event calls for jazz, pop or rock we love catering to your musical tastes. The Summer Swing Orchestra can deliver live music with a quality and character your guests will love. Your event – musically customized by the Summer Swing Orchestra – will be a memory you and your guests will talk about for years to come.