Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Frequently Asked Questions

APPLICATION FEE:  $27 to upload your application via Acceptd. In 2019, all applications and auditions need to be submitted via Acceptd. There will be NO live auditions at the Next Generation Jazz Festival. 

ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE: Saturday, March 30, 2019

Q: WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF I’VE MADE THE BAND?
A: The roster of selected students will be posted on the MJF website by Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M SELECTED FOR THE BAND?
A: In 2019, under the direction of Education Director Paul Contos, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra will embark on a tour. A current passport may be required for participation in the tour, with an expiration date at least six months after the date of return to the United States. The orchestra will also appear at the 62nd Monterey Jazz Festival in a main stage performance with the 2019 Artists-In-Residence, Allison Miller and Derrick Hodge.

Members will be contacted by Monterey Jazz Festival with additional information and instructions.

They rehearse with the festival’s Artist-in-Residence, perform for area school groups and at our annual Gala on September 19 and take the main stage for a final performance. Recent Artists-in-Residence have included Tia Fuller and Ingrid JensenJohn Clayton, Jeff Hamilton and Gerald ClaytonTerri Lyne Carrington, Eric Harland, Joe Lovano, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dianne Reeves, Branford Marsalis, Regina Carter, Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Christian McBride.

Q: WHO ARE SOME OF NEXT GENERATION JAZZ ORCHESTRA ALUMNI?
A: Many NGJO musicians have gone on to professional careers in music. These include pianists Benny Green and Patrice Rushen, bassist Larry Grenadier, drummers Justin Brown, Marcus Gilmore and Chad Wackerman, saxophonists Joshua Redman, Donny McCaslin, Mark Turner, Eric Marienthal, Dave Koz, and Hailey Niswanger; trombonists Andy Martin, Luis Bonilla and Natalie Cressman, flutist Elena Ayodele Pinderhughes, trumpeters Gilbert Castellanos, Ambrose Akinmusire, Stacy Rowles, Dominick Farinacci, and John Daversa; and big band leader Gordon Goodwin to name a few.

Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
A: It costs $27 to audition online via Acceptd. In 2019, all auditions need to be submitted via Acceptd. Should you be selected, you will be responsible for travel to and from the tour location (late July) and to and from Monterey (mid-September). There is an additional expense associated with the tour (to be determined). We do offer substantial scholarships for those who qualify financially. In short, do NOT let the cost keep you from applying.

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