Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ Jazz on the Wharf

Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ Jazz on the Wharf

The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band represents the “best of the best” high school student musicians in Santa Cruz county. 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. Join the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band as they celebrate the Santa Cruz Wharf’s 100th Anniversary with a free concert! Festivities begin at 11:00 am. Click here for more info on the wharf history and anniversary...
Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ Next Generation Jazz Festival

Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ Next Generation Jazz Festival

There’s no greater place to learn than on the bandstand. That’s why each spring the Monterey Jazz Festival invites over 1300 of the nation’s top student musicians to play their hearts out at the Next Generation Jazz Festival. One of the most inclusive festivals in the United States, the festival welcomes performances by middle, high school and collegiate groups of every kind: big bands, combos, vocal ensembles, as well as conglomerate bands. Over 130 groups apply each year, and from these the very best duke it out for the glory of performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September. The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band represents the “best of the best” high school student musicians in Santa Cruz county. 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. The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band performs on Sunday, March 29th at 1:30 in the Turn 12 Bar & Grill, Monterey....
Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ 75th Anniversary of the Santa Cruz Civic

Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ 75th Anniversary of the Santa Cruz Civic

On March 28, 1940, a three-day fete celebrated the grand opening of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Some 5,000 members of the community toured the Auditorium that first day, peeking into meeting rooms, trying out the seats, and marveling at its newness and the promise of things to come. Constructed at a cost of roughly $275,000, the Civic was funded in large part by a grant from the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) which provided employment opportunities through public works projects from coast to coast. On alternate occasions since opening day, the Civic Auditorium has been a sports arena, theater, concert hall, ice skating rink, town hall, convention center, exhibition hall, dance hall, sound stage, banquet room, ceremonial hall, movie theater, Red Cross shelter, graduation hall and more. The Civic’s 75 years of service have reflected the growth and change in our community and in the world at large. To unravel the thread of Auditorium history is to journey a civic and cultural timeline of the latter half of the twentieth century. Also featuring Dancenter, Motion Pacific Dance, Santa Cruz Derby Girls and Santa Cruz Follies. The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band performs at 3:00 pm. Free Open House More info...
Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ San Jose Jazz Winterfest

Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ San Jose Jazz Winterfest

San Pedro Square Market 87 South San Pedro Street, San Jose Free Admission Led by Director, Dillon Baiocchi and Ensemble Advisor, Eddie Mendenhall, the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band is an all-star ensemble of high school musicians from Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas. Having successfully auditioned, band members attend weekly rehearsals, study complex jazz theory, improvisation and arranging, and learn essential life skills such as communication, cooperation and critical thinking. The Honor Band performs at community benefits, festivals and special events, ending each school year with a concert at the renowned Kuumbwa Jazz...
Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ Santa Cruz Symphony Family Concert

Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ Santa Cruz Symphony Family Concert

Bring your entire family to experience a fun and educational concert featuring special guest collaborations with the Santa Cruz Ballet Theater, Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, the Kuumbwa Honors Jazz Band and award-winning Shakespearean actor Paul Whitworth. After the concert, children will be invited backstage to ‘Meet the Instruments’. At this year’s concert we will perform Prokofiev’s timeless favorite for children, Peter and the Wolf. Santa Cruz Symphony Family Concert at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium Sunday, March 1st 2015 at...