Rio Americano High School AM Jazz Ensemble
Photo ©Craig Lovell
Third Place High School Big Band at the 2013 Next Generation Jazz Festival Presented by Monterey Jazz Festival
The AM Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Josh Murray, is part of a 170-student band program at Rio Americano High School in Sacramento. Rio has four full and separate jazz ensembles. Any instrumentalist who so desires is able to take jazz band at Rio.
The AM Jazz Ensemble has been selected as a finalist for the Essentially Ellington Competition in New York City six times since 2001, and has won the Monterey Jazz Festival's high school competition seven times since 1987. AM was selected to perform at the inaugurations of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. They have toured in Japan, China, Australia, Argentina, Spain, and are planning a tour of Italy in 2014.