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 Terrel Eaton, the band gains vital performing experience at special events and festivals throughout the school year, culminating in a special headline performance at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center.
Introducing the 2016 -17 Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band
Joshua Doyon, Alto Saxophone, Santa Cruz High School, 10th grade; Ayush Garg, Alto Saxophone, Pacific Collegiate School, 10th grade; Anthony Ayra, Guitar, Georgiana Bruce Kirby 9th grade; Daniel Beristan, Tenor Saxophone, Santa Cruz High School, 12th grade; Shea Maher, Trumpet, Aptos High School, 11th grade; Terrel Eaton, Band Director, Eric Tallman, Drums, Aptos High School, 12th grade; Shane Williams, Tenor Saxophone, Pacific Collegiate High School, 10th grade; Ryan Ouse, Drums, Soquel High School, 10th grade; Angel Hernandez, Trumpet, Soquel High School, 12th grade; Jack Peters, Piano, Pacific Collegiate High School, 11th grade; Micah Johnson, Bass, Ocean Grove Charter School, 9th grade.