Alumni Network

“I was honored to be a member of the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Band, and to get to be around some real heavyweights. Hearing all these wonderful players really showed me it was a much bigger world than I knew of.” –Benny Green,
Monterey Jazz Festival alumnus and renowned jazz pianist


Alumni of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s life-changing jazz education programs are proud to be part of a uniquely-shared experience and a world-class jazz institution. Whether you participated in the Monterey County High School All-Star Band, Monterey County High School Honor Vocal Ensemble, California High School All-Star Big Band (1971-2004), Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (2005-present), Summer Jazz Camp, or the Traveling Clinicians Program, we welcome you to continue your relationship with the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Here are some of the ways in which alumni like you can get involved:

  • Join the Alumni Network
  • Help tell the Monterey Jazz Festival history
  • Speak on panels at key Festival events
  • Host alumni and fan gatherings
  • Nominate an alumnus/a to receive an Alumni Award
  • Become an alumni volunteer and participate in fundraising initiatives for the Festival's jazz education programs
  • Mentor a current student
  • Support your Regional Community
  • Make an annual tax-deductible gift

To learn more about how you can serve as a representative for the Monterey Jazz Festival and encourage fellow alumni support of our activities and scholarships, call 831.373.3366, or e-mail

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