Monterey County Honor Bands

“Sometimes a band is just a band, and sometimes a band is like family. Touring to Washington D.C. with the All-Stars was a blast, and easily one of the best experiences of my life.” –Tyler Beron, drums, 2015

Each year, Monterey Jazz Festival selects top students from across Monterey County to participate in middle and high school big bands, and a vocal ensemble. Led by MJF Education Director Paul Contos (High School All-Star Band) and renowned educator Dr. Rob Klevan (Honor Vocal and Middle School Band), each all-star ensemble rehearses twice monthly (daily at MJF's annual two-week Summer Camp) while working on ensemble skills--includes phrasing, blending, improvisation and rhythmic feel, while exploring a range of jazz styles. The MJF High School All-Stars also perform across Monterey County, at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, and far beyond, testing their chops on the bandstand while bringing great music to the community. In summer 2015, the high school ensembles traveled to Washington D.C., where they performed at the Kennedy Center, the National Archives, and the Bohemian Caverns jazz club.

2016-17 MJF High School All-Star Band

Director: Mr. Paul Contos

Woodwinds
Camryn Wood, alto sax / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Milo Borer, alto sax / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Siena Fisk, tenor sax / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Nathan Kline, tenor sax / Palma High School, Salinas
Dominic Van Nes, baritone sax / York School, Monterey         

Trombones
Felix Diaz / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Chris Matthews / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Elijah Taurke / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Evelyn Arce / Gonzales High School
Amber Hobbs / Carmel High School

Trumpets
Christine Lee / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Hunter Wenglikowski / Stevenson School, Pebble Beach
Alana Henden / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Noah Kirsch / Carmel High School
James Baek / York School, Monterey

Rhythm
Davíd Sánchez, piano / Monterey High School and Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Aaron Georis, bass / Carmel High School
Nathan Nguyen, guitar / York School, Monterey
Chase Kasecker, drums / Palma High School, Salinas

2016-17 MJF High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Director: Dr. Rob Klevan

Sopranos
Pascale Montgomery / Carmel High School
Ali Shanklin / Monterey High School
Malia Silva / Homeschool, Seaside
Madison Van Tassell / Pacific Grove High School
Kathryn Yeager / York School, Monterey

Altos
Alexandra Pavlet / Monterey High School
Jennie Racoosin / York School, Monterey
Chloe Scheid / Stevenson School, Pebble Beach
Maris Welch / York School, Monterey
Katie Wheeler / Notre Dame High School, Salinas

Tenor
Andrew Simpson / York School, Monterey

Bass/Baritone
Alex Davies / York School, Monterey
Jeremiah Lee / Trinity High School, Monterey
Brandon Mai / Salinas High School
John Selin / Trinity High School, Monterey

2016-17 MJF Middle School Honor Band

Dr. Rob Klevan, Director

Saxophones
Jadan Adams, alto sax / Walter Colton Middle School, Monterey
Samuel Coutts, alto sax / Pacific Grove Middle School
Thor Birch, tenor sax / Pacific Grove Middle School
Omar Garcia, tenor sax / Pacific Grove Middle School
Matthew Edwards, baritone sax / San Benancio Middle School, Salinas

Trombones
Christian Ryan-Trejo / Carmel Middle School
Bennett Bishop / Pacific Grove Middle School
Jordan Mosebach, baritone horn / San Benancio Middle School, Salinas

Trumpets
Reed Samuels / Pacific Grove Middle School
Henry Woods / Pacific Grove Middle School
Kenji Penniman / Pacific Grove Middle School
Diego Santos / Seaside Middle School
Francesca Carlin / San Benancio Middle School, Salinas

Rhythm
Leonardo Del Toro, piano / San Benancio Middle School, Salinas
Theodore Rubin-Petrovic, guitar / Pacific Grove Middle School
Philip Tuffs, bass / Monterey Bay Educational Center, Monterey
Zion Saleem, drums / Monterey Bay Charter School, Pacific Grove
Riley Tannler, drums / Walter Colton Middle School, Monterey

Additional
Jeremy Cho, violin / Pacific Grove Middle School