Monterey County Honor Bands

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. Dr. Rob Klevan directs the Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble. 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.

2014 Monterey County High School All-Star Band
Director: Mr. Paul Lucckesi

Marina Panzetta, alto / Monterey High School
Brendan Posson, alto / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Anthony Paolini, tenor / York School
Denny Baek, tenor / York School
Miranda Garcia, baritone / Gonzales High School

Kyle Groves / Salinas High School
Jeremiah Greenberg / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Philip de Lormier / York School
Evelyn Arce / Gonzales High School
John Yeager, bass / York School

George Haugen / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Lizzy Stanton / York School
Hunter Wenglikowski / Stevenson School
Cole Paris / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Akili Bradley / Pacific Grove Jazz Club       

Patrick Hogan, piano / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Ayana Bradley, piano / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Jonah Svihus, bass / Carmel High School
Isaac DeVera, guitar / Monterey High School
Tyler Beron, drums / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Cyle Anderson, drums / Seaside High School

2014 Monterey County High School
Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Directors: Dr. Rob Klevan & Julia Dollison

Allison Wheeler / Trinity Christian School
Miranda Perl / Trinity Christian School
Shaquira Robinson / Trinity Christian School

Symphonie Constant / Salinas High School
Kendra Calhoun / Stevenson School

Katie Ohseik / York School
Kathee Zhen / Stevenson School
Emily Jaye / Stevenson School
Sofia Sarlat / Monterey High School

Sam Griffin-Ortiz / York School
David Maluki / Stevenson School

Dhani James / Monterey High School

Josh Reeves / Trinity Christian School

Mason Reed / Monterey High School

2014 Monterey County Middle School Honor Band
Director: Mr. Paul Lucckesi

Daniel Papacica, alto / Carmel Middle School
Camryn Wood, alto / Pacific Grove Middle School
Margaux Leivenberg, tenor / Pacific Grove Middle School
Siena Fisk, tenor / Pacific Grove Middle School
Neal O’Brien, baritone / Pacific Grove Middle School

Feliz Diaz (Lead) / Pacific Grove Middle School
Jordi Modisette / Pacific Grove Middle School
Chris Matthews / Pacific Grove Middle School
Elijah Taurke / Pacific Grove Middle School
Amber Hobbs / San Benancio Middle School

David Tuffs / Pacific Grove Middle School
Christine Lee / Pacific Grove Middle School
James Baek / Pacific Grove Middle School
Noah Kirsch / Carmel Middle School
Sophia Jerolimov-Garl / Stevenson Middle School

Jasmine Mitchell, piano / San Benancio Middle School
Aaron Georis, bass / Carmel Middle School
Tyler Koran, bass / San Benancio Middle School
Jordi Faxon, guitar / Carmel Middle School
Josh Lewis, drums / Pacific Grove Middle School
Nicho Mah, drums / Pacific Grove Middle School

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