Director, Columbus Youth Jazz Ensemble
Jessica Sneeringer is a graduate of The Ohio State University earning Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Trombone Performance as well as a Masters Degree in Music Education. Jessica is currently in her 15th year as the Director of Bands at Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio, and is the Chair of the Performing Arts Department. A member of the Central Ohio Brass Band since 1999, she was a soloist and principle trombone until 2005, when she stepped onto the podium. Over her 16 years as COBB’s conductor the group has enjoyed much growth, success, and critical acclaim, having won the 1st Section of the North American Brass Band Association a record 5 times. In July of 2019, COBB performed at the Interational Trombone Festival with acclaimed recording artist Brett Baker.
Also a freelance trombonist Jessica has the privilege of playing with many fine groups including The Athena Brass Band (which she is fortunate to have the opportunity to now conduct), the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of jazz bands in and around Central Ohio. Over the years, Ms. Sneeringer has performed with the Disney Collegiate All-Star Band, Monarch Brass, Phil Smith, Allen Vizzutti, Nancy Wilson, Jiggs Whigham, Frank Foster, Jen Krupa, and Jennifer Wharton among many other artists.
Jessica has been a clinician, adjudicator, and coach for several outstanding groups including The Ohio State University Marching Band , Captial University’s Junior Winds, Ohio State Fair Band, the Ohio Music Educator’s Association All-State Band, and Tuba Christmas Columbus 2018. She makes her home in Central Ohio with her son Joshua and daughter Jordan.