2017 MJF Monterey County High School All-Star Band

Each year, Monterey Jazz Festival selects top students from across Monterey County to participate in middle and high school big bands, and a vocal ensemble. Led by MJF Education Director Paul Contos (High School All-Star Band) and renowned educator Dr. Rob Klevan (Honor Vocal and Middle School Band), each all-star ensemble rehearses twice monthly (daily at MJF's annual two-week Summer Camp) while working on ensemble skills--includes phrasing, blending, improvisation and rhythmic feel, while exploring a range of jazz styles. The MJF High School All-Stars also perform across Monterey County, at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, and far beyond, testing their chops on the bandstand while bringing great music to the community. In summer 2015, the high school ensembles traveled to Washington D.C., where they performed at the Kennedy Center, the National Archives, and the Bohemian Caverns jazz club.

2016-17 MJF High School All-Star Band

Director: Mr. Paul Contos

Camryn Wood, alto sax / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Milo Borer, alto sax / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Siena Fisk, tenor sax / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Nathan Kline, tenor sax / Palma High School, Salinas
Dominic Van Nes, baritone sax / York School, Monterey         

Felix Diaz / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Chris Matthews / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Elijah Taurke / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Evelyn Arce / Gonzales High School
Amber Hobbs / Carmel High School

Christine Lee / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Hunter Wenglikowski / Stevenson School, Pebble Beach
Alana Henden / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Noah Kirsch / Carmel High School
James Baek / York School, Monterey

Davíd Sánchez, piano / Monterey High School and Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Aaron Georis, bass / Carmel High School
Nathan Nguyen, guitar / York School, Monterey
Chase Kasecker, drums / Palma High School, Salinas