Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

Audition Information for the 2015-2016 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.

Qualified high school students are invited to audition for the 2015 – 2016 Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band. Auditions are open to all high school students who are prepared for an intensive jazz performance group. All positions in the ensemble are open each fall.

Being in the band requires a high level of engagement and commitment from all band members. Accepted members are required to participate in weekly rehearsals, performances, lectures, workshops and all other extracurricular activities. Weekly rehearsals will begin early October and will go through the end of May.

Honor Band rehearsals will be held Tuesday nights from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
B Band rehearsals will be held Tuesday nights from 4:00 – 4:50 pm

* Attendance at all rehearsals is mandatory.

Audition Location and Date

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz Initial Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Alternate Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Audition Piece

  • Strollin’ by Horace Silver (Instrumentalists)
  • East of the Sun (West of the Moon) (Vocalists)

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Note to Teachers The Honor Band rehearsals and performances are outside of school hours and should not impact the student’s ability to attend school functions. Kuumbwa Jazz supports music in our schools and encourages all band members participation in their high school music programs. Please contact Director Dillon Baiocchi with your questions, dillonbaiocchi@gmail.com.