Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

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.

Announcing the New Members of the 2015-2016 Band!

Orgyen De Cosse, Drums, Delta Charter School, 12th grade
Ayush Garg, Alto Saxophone, Pacific Collegiate School, 10th grade
Lazare Herzi, Trombone, Los Gatos High School, 12th grade
Graham Houts, Guitar, Los Gatos High School, 11th grade
Ian, Houts, Bass, Los Gatos High School, 11th grade
Davis Ross, Piano and Saxophone, Scotts Valley High School, 11th grade
Eric Tallman, Drums, Aptos High School, 11th grade

Max Reynolds, Guitar, Kirby School, 10th grade
Davis Dunaway, Bass, Harker High School, 11th grade