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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band 2018 – 2019

L to R: Joshua Doyon – Alto Saxophone, Santa Cruz High School, 12th grade; Shane Blanco – Drums, Soquel High School, 12th grade; Sage Liem – Tenor Saxophone, Santa Cruz High School, 11th grade; Micah Johnson – Bass, Ocean Grove Charter School, 10th grade; David McGillicuddy – Band Director; Anthony Arya – Guitar, Georgiana Bruce Kirby, 11th grade; Skyler Shipp – Clarinet, San Lorenzo Valley High School, 10th grade; Noé Arredondo-George – Piano, Pacific Collegiate School, 10th grade; Joe Gagliano – Tenor Saxophone Soquel High School, 11th grade; Donald Baker – Trombone, San Lorenzo Valley High School, 10th grade.Seated L to R: Victor Davidson – Flute, Pacific Collegiate School, 10th grade; Thea Miller – Bass/Cello, Georgiana Bruce Kirby, 11th grade; Kai Porterfield – Drums, Santa Cruz High School, 12th grade

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 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.


We’re happy to announce that David McGillicuddy will be jumping into the director’s chair for the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band! David is 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 Kuumbwa Jazz education programs, please contact, Brian Fitzgerald.


photos by r.r. jones