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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band 2017 – 2018

L to R: Ayush Garg – Alto Saxophone, Pacific Collegiate School, 11th grade; Shane Williams – Tenor Saxophone, Pacific Collegiate High School, 11th grade; Anthony Arya – Guitar, Georgiana Bruce Kirby 10th grade; Shane Blanco – Drums/Percussion, Soquel High School, 11th grade; Jack Peters – Piano, Pacific Collegiate High School, 12th grade; Terrel Eaton – Band Director; Micah Johnson – Bass, Ocean Grove Charter School, 9th grade – Thea Miller, Bass/Cello, Georgiana Bruce Kirby, 10th grade; Kai Porterfield – Drums/Percussion, Santa Cruz High School, 11th grade; Benito Gonzales – Alto Saxophone, Soquel High School, 9th grade; Joe Gagliano, Tenor Saxophone, Soquel High School, 10th 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. 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.

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.

photo credit: r.r. jones