Monterey County High School All-Star Band

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As part of its year-round Jazz Education Programs, Monterey Jazz Festival sponsors a Monterey County High School All-Star Band, High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Middle School Honor Band which are comprised of the top young jazz musicians from the Monterey County area. Selected by the professional jazz musicians/educators participating in the Festival’s Traveling Clinician Program, members of these elite ensembles gather each January to begin rehearsals in preparation for performances at various community and service organization events that take place throughout the year.

As a means by which to enhance the musical training and experience of the most gifted young area musicians, the Monterey County High School All-Star Band and Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble offer thirty-two selected Monterey County high school students the opportunity to study and perform a much more advanced level of music than that which might be presented in their respective school music programs.

Mr. Paul Lucckesi, renowned saxophonist and jazz educator, serves as director of the All-Star Band and Middle School Honor Band, and vocal jazz educator, musician, composer and arranger. The Festival's honor groups have obtained worldwide recognition and rave reviews for their high level of performance. Each summer, the Monterey County All-Star Band and Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble take to the road for the experience of performing in settings beyond the borders of Monterey County and California. Past musical tours have included concert presentations at jazz festivals and other venues throughout Japan, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Each September, the All-Star Band and Vocal Ensemble are featured in a final performance on stage at the Night Club during the annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

2013 Monterey County High School All-Star Band
Director: Mr. Paul Lucckesi

Patrick McMillin, alto / Salinas High School
Nick Newman, alto / York School
Brendan Martin, tenor / York School
Anthony Paolini, tenor / York School
Miranda Garcia, baritone / Gonzales High School       

Kyle Groves / Salinas High School
Edison Cho / Pacific Grove High School Jazz Club
Philip de Lorimier / York School
John Yeager, bass / Stevenson Middle School

Lizzy Stanton / York School
George Haugen / Pacific Grove High School Jazz Club
Brian Louie / Stevenson School
Akili Bradley / Pacific Grove High School Jazz Club
Cole Paris / Pacific Grove High School Jazz Club

Patrick Hogan, piano / Pacific Grove High School Jazz Club
Austin Chen, bass / Stevenson School
Robert Papacica, guitar / Carmel High School
Harrison Spencer, drums / Palma High School
Cyle Anderson, drums / Seaside High School
Peter Mellinger, violin / Carmel High School

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