Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band program will return for the 2021/2022 school year. Stay tuned for audition information and other Honor Band updates. If you have questions, or would like more information about the 2021/2022 Honor Band or Kuumbwa’s other education programs, please contact Brian Fitzgerald.

The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band showcases some of the most talented 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 teamwork and critical thinking. 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.

2019/2020  Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band (in alphabetical order):

Pianist Noé Arredondo George, trombonist Donald Baker, drummer David Feinberg, trumpeter Ian Ferrucci, tenor saxophonist Sage Liem, bassist Thea Miller, tenor saxophonist Logan Robb, guitarist Sebastian Roeder-Hensley, and alto saxophonist/clarinetist Skyler Shipp.

The Honor Band is directed by David McGillicuddy, a graduate of Aptos High, Cabrillo College, and UCSC. He has been teaching music since 1997 and his jazz guitar YouTube lessons have garnered nearly a quarter-million views. A longtime member of the Kuumbwa community, he attended his first Kuumbwa show in 1985 and has been volunteering since 1988.

To book the Honor Band for a concert or private event, or for more information about the program, please contact Brian Fitzgerald.

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