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March 2015

Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ 75th Anniversary of the Santa Cruz Civic

March 28 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

On March 28, 1940, a three-day fete celebrated the grand opening of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Some 5,000 members of the community toured the Auditorium that first day, peeking into meeting rooms, trying out the seats, and marveling at its newness and the promise of things to come. Constructed at a cost of roughly $275,000, the Civic was funded in large part by a grant from the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) which provided employment opportunities through public works…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ Next Generation Jazz Festival

March 29 @ 1:30 PM

There’s no greater place to learn than on the bandstand. That’s why each spring the Monterey Jazz Festival invites over 1300 of the nation’s top student musicians to play their hearts out at the Next Generation Jazz Festival. One of the most inclusive festivals in the United States, the festival welcomes performances by middle, high school and collegiate groups of every kind: big bands, combos, vocal ensembles, as well as conglomerate bands. Over 130 groups apply each year, and from…

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April 2015

Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ Jazz on the Wharf

April 26 @ 11:00 AM

The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band represents the “best of the best” high school student musicians in Santa Cruz county. Hand-picked by their band directors, these talented young “ambassadors of jazz” pass a rigorous audition to earn their position in the Honor Band. During weekly rehearsals at Kuumbwa, they study advanced jazz theory, arranging, improvisation, and learn valuable life skills in team work and critical thinking. Under the direction of Dillon Baiocchi – an alumnus of the Honor Band and New…

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