Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

Led by Director, Dillon Baiocchi, 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.

2014 – 2015 Honor Band Members:
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
Graham Houts, Guitar, Los Gatos High School
Robert Papacica, Guitar, Carmel High School
Jazz Pouls, Piano, Pacific Collegiate 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.

New! The Kuumbwa Jazz B Band

We are proud to announce our newest jazz education program, the Kuumbwa Jazz B Band! The creation of this program is inspired by our wish to elevate young musicians in their effort to master the art of jazz improvisation. The primary purpose of this band is to prepare eligible students for honor band auditions held each fall. Students are selected by the professional jazz musicians/educators participating in Kuumbwa Jazz education programs and identified through the honor band auditions process. It is our goal to create a safe place for students to experiment and get comfortable playing in a group.

As a means by which to enhance the musical training and experience of the most gifted young area musicians, the Kuumbwa Jazz B Band and Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band programs offer selected high school students the opportunity to study and perform a much more advanced level of music than that which might be presented in their respective school music programs.

The Kuumbwa Jazz B Band rehearses weekly at Kuumbwa Jazz Center under the direction of Director Dillon Baiocchi. This band enjoys all of the same benefits as the honor band, including free concert attendance, invitations to “Meet the Band”  Q&A’s with touring musicians and clinics by professional educators like Ray Brown, Paul Contos, Murray Low and the Le Boeuf Brothers.

Photo Credit: r.r. jones

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