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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.

Auditions are held each fall, please check back in August for details and sign-up information.

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.