Folsom High School Jazz Band l

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The Folsom High School Jazz Band I has been under the direction of Curtis Gaesser since 1987. Since then, the Jazz Band I has been the recipient of numerous awards and at many jazz festivals, including the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, the Reno Jazz Festival, Delta Jazz Festival, just to name a few.

The Folsom High School Jazz Band I has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival many times and has been named “No. 1 High School Jazz Ensemble in the Nation” nine times by DownBeat Magazine.

In January 2012 the Jazz Band was selected to perform at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and in 2013, they won the top High School Big Band award at the Next Generation Jazz Festival Presented by Monterey Jazz Festival.

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