2017 Next Generation Jazz Festival Finalists & Special Guests

HIGH SCHOOL BIG BAND DIVISION

School • City, State • Director

Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble • Berkeley, CA • Sarah Cline

Buchanan High School Jazz Band 'A' • Clovis, CA • Paul Lucckesi

Downey High School Jazz Ensemble • Downey, CA • Corneliu Olariu

El Cerrito High School Jazz Ensemble • El Cerrito, CA • Keith Johnson

Folsom High School Jazz Band I • Folsom, CA • Curtis Gaesser

Golden Valley High School A Jazz Ensemble • Atwater, CA • Michael Vasquez

Los Alamitos High School Jazz I • Los Alamitos, CA • Justin Padilla

Northgate High School Jazz Band I • Walnut Creek, CA • Greg Brown

Rio Americano High School AM Jazz Ensemble • Sacramento, CA • Josh Murray

Roosevelt High School Jazz Band 2 • Seattle, WA • Michael Van Bebber

Upland High School Jazz Ensemble I • Upland, CA • Mark Capalbo

Valley Christian High School Jazz Ensemble • San Jose, CA • Marcus Wolfe

 

HIGH SCHOOL COMBO DIVISION

School • City, State • Director

Berkeley High School Combo A • Berkeley, CA • Sarah Cline

Crossroads School Jazz "A" Band • Santa Monica, CA • Evan Avery

Folsom High School Jazz Combo I • Folsom, CA • Curtis Gaesser

Hamilton High School Academy of Music & Performing Arts Jazz Ensemble A • Altadena, CA • Jim Foschia

Harvard-Westlake School Jazz Explorers • Studio City, CA • Shawn Constantino

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Combo • Los Angeles, CA • Bryan Lipps
 

HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL ENSEMBLE DIVISION

School • City, State • Director

Booker T. Washington HSPVA Jazz Singers • Dallas, TX • Kent Ellingson

Downey High School EPIC Jazz Choir • Downey, CA • Corneliu Olariu

Folsom High School Jazz Choir • Folsom, CA • Curtis Gaesser

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Vocal Jazz Ensemble • Los Angeles, CA • Dan Castro

Marin School of the Arts Jazz Choir I • Novato, CA • Stevie Greenwell

Natomas Charter School Vocal Ensemble • Sacramento, CA • Kelly Cullity

Valencia High School "Soundwaves" Vocal Jazz Ensemble • Valencia, CA • Christine Tavares-Mocha

Valencia High School "Two 'N' Four" Vocal Jazz Ensemble • Valencia, CA • Christine Tavares-Mocha

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL SOLOIST DIVISION

School • City, State • Director

Downey High School • Norwalk, CA • Denisse Alvarado

Kingsburg High School • Kingsburg, CA • Benjamin Nicholas

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts • Los Angeles, CA • Jasmine Lee

Nueva Upper School • San Francisco, CA • Joshua Tazman

Valencia High School • Valencia, CA • Matthew Ahn

Windward School • Los Angeles, CA • Bruce Eskovitz (Director)

 

COLLEGE BIG BAND DIVISION

School • City, State • Director

Azusa Pacific University Jazz Ensemble • Azusa, CA • David Beatty

California State University, Northridge Jazz A Band • Northridge, CA • Matt Harris

Sacramento State Jazz Ensemble • Sacramento, CA • Steve Roach

University of the Arts "Z" Big Band • Philadelphia, PA • Matt Gallagher

University of Kansas Jazz Ensemble I • Lawrence, KS • Dan Gailey

University of Nevada, Las Vegas Jazz Ensemble I • Las Vegas, NV • Dave Loeb

 

COLLEGE COMBO DIVISION

School • City, State • Director

Cal State University, Northridge Rainbow Sandwich • Northridge, CA • Matt Harris

California Jazz Conservatory Blue Ensemble • Berkeley, CA • Jeff Denson

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Plummer Sextet • Bloomington, IN • Walter Smith III

University of Miami Frost School of Music The FROST Sextet • Coral Gables, FL • Chuck Bergeron

USC Jazz Composers Collective • Los Angeles, CA • Vince Mendoza

USC Jazz Tuesday Night Band • Los Angeles, CA • Vince Mendoza

 

COLLEGE VOCAL ENSEMBLE DIVISION

School • City, State • Director

American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble • Carmichael, CA • Arthur Lapierre

Cal State University, Sacramento Jazz Singers • Sacramento, CA • Gaw Vang-Williams

Cal State University, Sacramento Vox Now • Sacramento, CA • Gaw Vang-Williams

College of the Canyons Just Jazz • Valencia • CA, Julie Lawson

Contra Costa College JAZZ-ology • San Pablo, CA • Stephanie Austin

Mt. San Antonio College Singcopation • Walnut, CA • Bruce Rogers

 

CONGLOMERATE HIGH SCHOOL BIG BAND DIVISION

School • City, State • Director

California Jazz Conservatory Jazzschool Studio Band • Berkeley, CA • Dave Eshelman

Colburn Jazz Workshop Big Band • Los Angeles, CA • Lee Secard

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra • San Francisco, CA • Paul Contos

Stanford Jazz Workshop Miles Ahead Big Band • Palo Alto, CA • Mike Galisatus

Tucson Jazz Institute Basie Big Band • Tucson, AZ • Doug Tidaback

Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Big Band • Tucson, AZ • Doug Tidaback

 

CONGLOMERATE HIGH SCHOOL COMBO DIVISION

School • City, State • Director

American Music Program Pacific Crest Jazz Combo • Portland, OR • Devin Phillips

California Jazz Conservatory Jazzschool Advanced High School Jazz Workshop • Berkeley, CA • Michael Zilber

Colburn Jazz Workshop (Monday Night Band) • Los Angeles, CA • Lee Secard

Colburn Jazz Workshop (Thursday Night Band) • Los Angeles, CA • Lee Secard

International Academy of Jazz San Diego Church of Jazz Ensemble • San Diego, CA • Gilbert Castellanos

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo • San Francisco, CA • Dann Zinn

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL BIG BAND DIVISION

School • City, State • Director

Folsom Middle School Jazz Band • Folsom, CA • John Zimny

Foothill Middle School Jazz Band • Walnut Creek, CA • Kirk Wetterholm

Los Cerritos Middle School West Coast Jazz Band • Thousand Oaks, CA • David Blake

Oak Middle School Jazz Band • Los Alamitos, CA • Robert Harrell

Palm Desert Charter Middle School Jazz Ensemble • Palm Desert, CA • Willard Lacro

Sutter Middle School Jazz Band • Folsom, CA • John Zimny

 

SPECIAL GUEST GROUPS

School • City, State • Director

Cal State East Bay Big Band • Hayward, CA • Dann Zinn

College of San Mateo Big Band • San Mateo, CA • Mike Galisatus

Eckstein Middle School • Seattle, WA • Moc Escobedo

Eckstein Middle School Combo • Seattle, WA • Moc Escobedo

Eckstein Middle School Eckstein Sr. Jazz Band • Seattle, WA • Moc Escobedo

Eckstein Middle School Vocal Combo • Seattle, WA • Moc Escobedo

El Cerrito High School Jazz Trio • El Cerrito, CA • Keith Johnson

Joshua Tazman Trio • San Francisco, CA • Joshua Tazman

Kansas City Early College Academy • Kansas City, KS • Shelley Kinnune

Kuumbwa Jazz All-Stars • Santa Cruz, CA • Terrell Eaton

Landmark Middle School Jazz Combo • Moreno Valley, CA • Michael Weeks

Mission Viejo High School • Mission Viejo, CA • Doug Meeuwsen

Nogales High School • Nogales, AZ • Doug Tidaback

Nogales High School Apache Jazz Band • Nogales, AZ • Doug Tidaback

Oakland School of the Arts • Oakland, CA • Dave Ellis

Pacific Grove High School Jazz Club • Pacific Grove, CA • Rob Klevan

Roosevelt High School Jazz Band III • Seattle, WA • Mark Taylor

Roosevelt High School JB2 Combo • Seattle, WA • Michael Van Bebber

Roosevelt High School JB3 Combo • Seattle, WA • Mark Taylor

Roosevelt High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble • Seattle, WA • Scott Brown

St. Pat's Jazz Band • Quebec, Canada • David Parker

Stanford Jazz Workshop Giant Steps Big Band • Stanford, CA • Dave Gregoric

Stanford Jazz Workshop Giant Steps Big Band South • Stanford, CA • David Hart

University of Nevada, Las Vegas Joe Williams Scholarship Combo • Las Vegas, NV • David Loeb

University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band • Denton, TX • Alan Baylock

Windward School • Los Angeles, CA • Bruce Escovitz
 

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