As part of its year-round education programs, the Monterey Jazz Festival sponsors a Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Big Band. Selected by musicians and educators participating in the festival’s Traveling Clinican Program, the high school all-star band is comprised of thirty-two of the top young jazz musicians in the Monterey County area. The band offers students the opportunity to study and perform at a much more advanced level than they might encounter in their respective school music programs. Mr. Paul Lucckesi, renowned saxophonist and jazz educator, serves as director of the All-Star band.
The Monterey Jazz Festival’s honor groups have obtained worldwide recognition and rave reviews for their level of performance. Each summer, these groups tour to experience performing in settings outside Monterey County and California. Past tours have included performances at jazz festivals and other venues throughout Japan, Canada, Europe and Australia.