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.