Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

Led by Director, Dillon Baiocchi and Ensemble Advisor, Eddie Mendenhall, the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band is an all-star ensemble of high school musicians from the Santa Cruz and surrounding areas. 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.

Announcing the 2014 – 2015 Honor Band!

Keshav Batish, Drums, Pacific Collegiate School

Alex Condotti, Alto Saxophone, Pacific Collegiate School

Orgyen DeCosse-Graves, Drums, Delta Charter High School

Lewis Fowler, Alto and Tenor Saxophone, Los Gatos High School

Cade Gotthardt, Trumpet, Soquel High School

Jazz Pouls, Piano, Pacific Collegiate School

Cameron Smith, Guitar, AFE School

Jeremy Yanowitz, Double Bass/Bass Guitar, San Lorenzo High School


Jesse McMilin, Tenor Saxophone and Piano, San Lorenzo High School

Walker Spence, Electric Bass, Pacific Collegiate School

Max Reynolds, Guitar, Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School


The band is available for booking December – June each year. Please contact Melody Korkos for details, 831-427-2227, or Print This Form, fill out and email to melody (at) kuumbwajazz.org.

Photo Credit: r.r. jones

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