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Monterey Jazz Festival Regional All-Star Big Band Ensemble

Aug 10, Saturday - 1:15pm
ASML Next Gen Stage at SJMA

The Monterey Jazz Festival Regional All-Star Band features the top music students from across Monterey County, who all come together to participate in middle and high school big bands.

Each all-star ensemble, which also includes the vocal ensemble, rehearses twice monthly (daily at MJF’s annual Summer Camp). The musicians work on ensemble skills—including phrasing, blending, improvisation, and rhythmic feel, while exploring a range of jazz styles. The bands also perform across Monterey County and far beyond, testing their chops on the bandstand while bringing great music to the community. The ensembles have performed across North America at jazz festivals and venues like the Kennedy Center, the National Archives, and Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle.

Starting with the 2021-22 school year, all-star ensemble students, through a partnership with Monterey Peninsula College’s Music Department, will have the benefit of working with some of the county’s best jazz educators.

 

Each all-star ensemble, which also includes the vocal ensemble, rehearses twice monthly (daily at MJF’s annual Summer Camp). The musicians work on ensemble skills—including phrasing, blending, improvisation, and rhythmic feel, while exploring a range of jazz styles. The bands also perform across Monterey County and far beyond, testing their chops on the bandstand while bringing great music to the community. The ensembles have performed across North America at jazz festivals and venues like the Kennedy Center, the National Archives, and Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle.

Starting with the 2021-22 school year, all-star ensemble students, through a partnership with Monterey Peninsula College’s Music Department, will have the benefit of working with some of the county’s best jazz educators.