JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Jazz Ensemble is the premiere jazz course for advanced-level jazz musicians, which offers students the opportunity to study and perform a variety of jazz styles and further develop improvisational skills. Students work for refinement of ensemble skills toward the collegiate level, mastery of music reading skills, developing a jazz vocabulary, strengthening their knowledge of jazz theory, and sound performance fundamentals. Standard and contemporary jazz repertoire are studied and understood through performance and active listening. Concurrent enrollment in Wind Ensemble is a perquisite for participation. All students enrolled are required to participate in all performances. 

 

 

RECENT AWARDS

2016-17:

  • Finalist; Next Generation Jazz Festival
  • 3rd Place; Folsom Jazz Festival, AA Division
  • 2nd Place; Delta Jazz Festival, Advanced Division

2015-16:

  • 1st Place; Heritage Anaheim Festiva
  • Adjudicator & Sweepstakes Award; Heritage Anaheim Festival
  • 2nd Place; Folsom Jazz Festival AA Division
  • Unanimous Superior Award: CMEA Jazz Festival

2014-2015:

  • 2nd Place; Reno Jazz Festival B Division
  • Finalist; Next Generation Jazz Festival
  • Command Performance; El Cerrito Jazz Festival
  • 3rd Place; Folsom Jazz Festival AA Division
  • 1st Place; Delta Jazz Festival, Advanced Division

2013-2014:

  • Performed at North Sea, Montruex, and Umbria Jazz Festivals in Europe
  • 1st Place & Showcase Participant; Reno Jazz Festival A Division
  • Selected to perform at the 2014 California All-State Music Education Conference
  • 1st Place & Finals Participant; Folsom Jazz Festival AA Division
  • Unanimous Superior Award: CMEA Jazz Festival
  • 1st Place; Delta Jazz Festival, Advanced Division

2012-2013:

  • 2nd Place; Folsom Jazz Festival AAAA Division
  • Unanimous Superior Award: CMEA Jazz Festival
  • 3rd Place; Delta Jazz Festival

2011-2012:

  • 3rd Place; Reno Jazz Festival B Division
  • Gold Award; Heritage Vancouver Festival
  • Adjudicator’s Award; Heritage Vancouver Festival
  • Sweepstakes Award; Heritage Vancouver Festival
  • Unanimous Superior Award; CMEA Jazz Festival

2010-2011:

  • Command Performance; Santa Cruz Jazz Festival
  • Unanimous Superior; CMEA Jazz Festival

2009-2010:

  • 1st Place & Showcase Participant; Reno Jazz Festival B Division
  • 1st Place & Finals Participant; Folsom Jazz Festival AA Division
  • 1st Place; Delta Jazz Festival, Advanced Division
  • Unanimous Superior Award; CMEA Jazz Festival