Folsom High School Jazz Choir I

Runner Up High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble from the 2013 Next Generation Jazz Festival Presented by Monterey Jazz Festival

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

The choir has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival many times and has been named “No. 1 High School Jazz Choir in the Nation” 17 consecutive times by DownBeat Magazine.

This year’s choir consists of 12 members between the ages of 15 and 18. Most of the singers have been jazz choir members for at least three years, for some of them it is their fourth year. The chemistry and friendship between the choir members is noticeable, which makes for great music.

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