Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

Congratulations to the 2013 – 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band!

The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band is an all-star ensemble of high school musicians led by noted pianist and composer, Eddie Mendenhall, with assistance from tenor saxophonist, Dillon Baiocchi. Having successfully auditioned, band members attend weekly rehearsals, study complex jazz theory, improvisation and arranging, 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 the renowned Kuumbwa Jazz Center.

Keshav Batish, Drums, Percussion – Pacific Collegiate School, 11th grade

Alex Condotti, Alto Saxophone – Pacific Collegiate School, 11th grade

Orgyen DeCosse-Graves, Drums, Percussion – Soquel High School, 10th grade

Lewis Fowler, Tenor Saxophone – Los Gatos High School, 11th grade

Cade Gotthardt, Trumpet – Soquel High School, 11th grade

Lucas Hahn, Piano – Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory, 10th grade

Brendan Martin, Tenor Saxophone – York High School, 12th grade

Robert Papacica, Guitar – Carmel High School, 11th grade

Jeremy Yanowitz, Upright Bass – San Lorenzo Valley High School, 11th grade

Walker Spence (Alternate), Electric Bass – Pacific Collegiate School, 11th grade

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