Monterey County Honor Bands

Monterey County High School All-Star Band at the 57th Monterey Jazz Festival. ©2014 Monterey Jazz Festival / Jim Stone

As part of its year-round Jazz Education Programs, Monterey Jazz Festival sponsors the High School All-Stars, the High School Vocal 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 High School All-Stars and High School Vocal 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.

In 2015, Paul Contos, renowned saxophonist and jazz educator, serves as director of the High School All-Stars. Vocal and instrumental jazz educator Dr. Rob Klevan directs the High School Vocal Ensemble and Middle School Honor Band.

The Festival's honor groups have obtained worldwide recognition and rave reviews for their high level of performance. Each summer, the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Stars and High School Vocal 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 High School All-Stars and  High School Vocal Ensemble are featured in a final performance on stage at the Night Club during the annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

2015 Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Stars
Director: Mr. Paul Contos

Marina Panzetta, alto / Monterey High School
Will Georis, alto / Carmel High School
Anthony Paolini, tenor / York School
Ian Wahle, tenor / Carmel High School
Miranda Garcia, baritone / Gonzales High School
Kevin Zamzow-Pollock, flute / York School, Pacific Grove Jazz Club

Denny Baek, alto / York School
Katie Ishizue, alto / York School
Nathan Kline, tenor / Palma High School
Anton Zatserklyaniy, tenor / Monterey High School
Michael Doyle, baritone / Carmel High School

Kyle Groves / Salinas High School
Jeremiah Greenberg / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Philip de Lormier / York School
John Yeager / York School
Felix Diaz-Contreras / Pacific Grove Jazz Club

Kane Russell / Monterey High School
Evelyn Arce / Gonzales High School          

George Haugen / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Hunter Wenglikowski / Stevenson School
Akili Bradley / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
David Twohig / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Jack Ellison / Carmel High School

Conlyn Pattison / North Monterey County High School
Josh Rhee / York School

Ayana Bradley, piano / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Jihoon Han, piano / Stevenson School
Ari Freedman, bass / Carmel High School
Isaac DeVera, guitar / Monterey High School and Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Tyler Beron, drums / Pacific Grove Jazz Club

David Sanchez, piano / Monterey High School
Antonio Cuevas Rodriguez, bass / Salinas High School
Emily Muller-Foster, bass / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Robert Papacica, guitar / Carmel High School

2015 Monterey Jazz Festival High School Vocal Ensemble
Director: Dr. Rob Klevan

Bailey McEachen / Stevenson School
Audrey Mustoe / York School
Elizabeth Ann O’Connor / Trinity Christian School
Ashley Reed / Carmel High School
Ali Shanklin / Monterey High School
Grace Sizemore / York School

Miranda Garcia / Gonzales High School
Paola Hernandez / Trinity Christian School
Amanda Mikkelsen / Salinas High School
Maris Welch / York School
Esmeralda Zagal / Salinas High School

Alternate: Kara Shoop / Monterey High School

Brandon Mai / Salinas High School
CJ Paghasian / York School

David Maluki / Stevenson School
Alexander Barrett / Stevenson School
Felix Diaz-Contreras / Pacific Grove Jazz Club

Alternate: Joseph Uribe / Gonzales High School

2015 Monterey Jazz Festival Middle School Honor Band
Director: Dr. Rob Klevan

Camryn Wood, alto / Pacific Grove Middle School
Daniel Papacica, alto / Carmel Middle School
Siena Fisk, tenor / Pacific Grove Middle School
Adela Turlington, tenor / Pacific Grove Middle School
Ealaph Tabaa, baritone / Carmel Middle School

Milo Borer, alto / Pacific Grove Middle School
John Selin, alto / San Benancio Middle School
Olive Deluca, tenor / Carmel Middle School
Kalei Slagle, tenor / Pacific Grove Middle School
Nathan Chapman, baritone / San Benancio Middle School

Chris Matthews / Pacific Grove Middle School
Elijah Taurke / Pacific Grove Middle School
Amichai Bolado / Colton Middle School
Eric Haase / Carmel Middle School

Alternate: Arden Dorian, Stevenson Middle School

Christine Lee / Pacific Grove Middle School
Cameron Eisler / York Middle School
James Baek / Pacific Grove Middle School
Matthew Lo / Pacific Grove Middle School
Tori Tomlin / Carmel Middle School

Wyatt Wadsworth / Carmel Middle School
Adam Shapiro / York Middle School
Ryan Knight / Carmel Middle School

Rhythm Section
Michelle Lee, piano / Pacific Grove Middle School
Aaron Georis, bass / Carmel Middle School
Jordi Faxon, guitar / Carmel Middle School
McKayla Krolczyk, drums / Carmel Middle School
Madison Van Tassel, vocals / Pacific Grove Middle School

Leonardo Del Toro, piano / San Benancio Middle School
Maddie Erickson, bass / Pacific Grove Middle School

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