Announcing the 2012-2013 Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

Join us in welcoming these amazing young musicians to the 2012 - 2013 Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band!

Alex Condotti, Saxophone – Pacific Collegiate School
Orgyen DeCosse-Graves, Drums – Soquel High School
Lucas Hahn, Piano – Georgiana Bruce Kirby High School
Derek Mather, Guitar – AFE Home School
Celine Miranda, Vocals – Harbor High School
Peter Tarantino, Drums – Harbor High School
Geneva Wilson, Vocals – Harbor High School
Jeremy Yanowitz, Bass – San Lorenzo Valley High School
Directed by Steve Wilson

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.

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.


Our year round education programs are made possible by generous donations from our many contributors both individuals and businesses and the following Foundations and Agencies: David & Lucile Packard Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Newman’s Own Foundation,  Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, Community Foundation of SCC Donor Advised Funds Awards Program and the Bill Graham Memorial Fund.  



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