Announcing the 2011-2012 Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

Directed by Steve Wilson

Cameron Smith, Guitar – AFE Home School
Caley Chase, Vocals – Harbor High School
Kevin Dong, Violin – Pacific Collegiate School
Barney Greer, Saxophone – Harbor High School
Casey Monahan, Piano – Harbor High School
Jackie Partida, Vocals – Pacific Collegiate School
Peter Tarantino, Drums – Harbor High School
Mark Wason, Bass – Pacific Collegiate School
Grae Zimmerman, Drums – Soquel High School

 The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band is an all-star ensemble of high school musicians representing Santa Cruz County. Having successfully auditioned, band members attend weekly rehearsals, study complex jazz theory and improvisation, and learn essential life skills such as communication, cooperation and critical thinking. The Honor Band performs at community benefits, festivals and special events, ending each school year with a concert at Kuumbwa Jazz Center.

The Honor Band will make their public debut on Tuesday, January 24th at the Shadowbrook Restaurant as part of their Community Tuesday calendar.

Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band offers young musicians a place to expand their horizons. Whether the student’s path is toward a career in the music industry or just finding a place to expand their sense of creativity and personal expression, this program has a profound influence on all those who are accepted. For nearly two decades, Kuumbwa Jazz has been providing this unique opportunity to hardworking, talented, and deserving young musicians. Jazz Education is key to our mission and could not continue without the support of our community. Please contribute to Jazz Education by becoming a Kuumbwa Jazz member or contributing directly by following the link below. Thank you for your support.

Our year round education programs are made possible by generous donations from our many contributors both individuals and businesses; David & Lucile Packard Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Newman’s Own Foundation, Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County and Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County and Kyle Goldman.

Contact: Melody Korkos, (831) 427-2227 x212

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