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Together We’re Bringing More Music to our Community!

Summer Jazz Camp
Our 2014 annual Summer Jazz Camp, directed by Steve Wilson and Terrel Eaton, was held on the campus of Cabrillo College where 53 happy campers, ages 12 – 18, played and listened to jazz for nine days. These aspiring young musicians came from 16 public, charter and private schools throughout Santa Cruz County and beyond. Their free concert at Kuumbwa Jazz Center was packed with family, friends and community supporters of music education.“Jazz Camp pushed me to try new things, meet new friends, and expand my jazz repertoire.” ~ Allyssa Beltran, violin, Junior, Harbor High JC14_Group_sm
Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band
The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band is an all-star ensemble of high school musicians. Weekly rehearsals provide the structure to study complex jazz theory, improvisation and arranging. These talented students also learn essential life skills such as collaboration, communication, cooperation and critical thinking. This working band performs at community benefits, festivals and special events throughout the community.“It’s great being in a band with such a high skill level…and it’s challenged me to become a better player.” ~ Jeremy Yanowitz, bass, Senior, San Lorenzo Valley High KJHB_1314_Blue
Master Class Series
Free to the public, these informative and inspiring classes contribute to the cultural vibrancy of our community. In 2014 musicians, educators and students along with audiences eager to broaden their musical knowledge benefited from three evenings with a diverse line up of professional artists that featured sitar and tabla master, Ashwin Batish with his talented percussionist son Keshav Batish; captivating vocalist and actress from Mount Madonna to Off –Broadway, Lori Rivera; and Jazz Camp Clinic with this year’s Artist in Residence – Monterey Jazz Festival drummer extraordinaire, Eric Harland. MC_Batish_sm
Artists In The Schools
In the 2013-2014 school year, Educator in Residence, professional touring/recording cellist and author, Renata Bratt PhD, assisted by Santa Cruz native, Kuumbwa Honor Band Alum, saxophonist and teacher, Dillon Baiocchi, twice visited each of the following: Shoreline Middle School, Branciforte Middle School, New Brighton Middle School and Santa Cruz High School. This partnership with classroom teachers helped enrich school programs to inspire over 450 students. Visits to schools are planned for the 2014-2015 school year.  AIS_13sm
Photo Credit: r.r. jones

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