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Video Credit: Andy Yanowitz
The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band represents the “best of the best” high school student musicians from Santa Cruz and neighboring counties. 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 York’s prestigious New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music – they gain vital performing experience at special events and festivals throughout the school year, culminating in a special headline performance at the 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

View the band’s performance schedule in the Google calendar below or check out Kuumbwa’s main calendar for upcoming events.

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)