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Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Band

Aug 11, Saturday - 3pm
SJMA Next Gen Stage

The Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Stars are a top-flight ensemble of the finest young jazz musicians in Monterey County.

Each year, Monterey Jazz Festival selects top students from across Monterey County for middle and high school big bands and honor vocal jazz ensemble. Led by MJF Education Director Paul Contos (High School All-Star Band) and renowned educator Dr. Rob Klevan (Honor Vocal Jazz and Middle School Band), each all-star ensemble represents a cross section of Monterey County private and public schools from Monterey, Salinas, Carmel, Pacific Grove, and others. Participating students in 2017 represent Carmel, Gonzales, Monterey, Notre Dame, Pacific Grove, Palma, Salinas, Stevenson, Trinity Christian, and York high schools.

Previous tours for the Monterey County Ensembles have included the Kennedy Center and Bohemian Caverns in Washington DC; the Vancouver and Victoria International jazz festivals in British Columbia; Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle; the Jazz in the Woods Festival in Overland Park, Kansas; the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri; the Jazz Bistro in St. Louis; and many other locations in the United States and abroad.

Each year, Monterey Jazz Festival selects top students from across Monterey County for middle and high school big bands and honor vocal jazz ensemble. Led by MJF Education Director Paul Contos (High School All-Star Band) and renowned educator Dr. Rob Klevan (Honor Vocal Jazz and Middle School Band), each all-star ensemble represents a cross section of Monterey County private and public schools from Monterey, Salinas, Carmel, Pacific Grove, and others. Participating students in 2017 represent Carmel, Gonzales, Monterey, Notre Dame, Pacific Grove, Palma, Salinas, Stevenson, Trinity Christian, and York high schools.

Previous tours for the Monterey County Ensembles have included the Kennedy Center and Bohemian Caverns in Washington DC; the Vancouver and Victoria International jazz festivals in British Columbia; Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle; the Jazz in the Woods Festival in Overland Park, Kansas; the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri; the Jazz Bistro in St. Louis; and many other locations in the United States and abroad.


Personnel

Paul Contos – director
Camryn Wood – alto saxophone (Pacific Grove Jazz Club)
Milo Borer – alto saxophone (Pacific Grove Jazz Club)
Siena Fisk – tenor saxophone (Pacific Grove Jazz Club)
Nathan Kline – tenor saxophone (Palma High School, Salinas)
Dominic Van Nes – baritone saxophone (York School, Monterey)
Felix Diaz – trombone (Pacific Grove Jazz Club)
Chris Matthews – trombone (Pacific Grove Jazz Club)
Elijah Taurke – trombone (Pacific Grove Jazz Club)
Evelyn Arce – trombone (Gonzales High School)
Amber Hobbs – trombone (Carmel High School)
Christine Lee – trumpet (Pacific Grove Jazz Club)
Hunter Wenglikowski – trumpet (Stevenson School, Pebble Beach)
Alana Henden – trumpet (Pacific Grove Jazz Club)
Noah Kirsch – trumpet (Carmel High School)
James Baek – trumpet (York School, Monterey)
David Sanchez – piano (Monterey High School and Pacific Grove Jazz Club)
Aaron Georis – bass (Carmel High School)
Nathan Nguyen – guitar (York School, Monterey)
Chase Kasecker – drums (Palma High School, Salinas)