2018 Next Generation Jazz Festival Finalists & Special Guests

HIGH SCHOOL BIG BAND DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

Albany High School Jazz Band • Albany, CA • Craig Bryant

Ballard High School Jazz Band • Seattle, WA • Michael James

Buchanan Jazz Band 'A' • Clovis, CA • Paul Lucckesi

Downey High School Jazz Ensemble • Downey, CA • Corneliu Olariu

El Cerrito High School Jazz Ensemble • El Cerrito, CA • Keith Johnson

Folsom High School Jazz Band I • Folsom, CA • Curtis Gaesser

Hamilton High School Academy of Music Jazz Ensemble A • Los Angeles, CA • Jim Foschia

Harvard-Westlake Jazz Band • Studio City, CA • Shawn Costantino

Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Jazz Band • Las Vegas, NV • Patrick Bowen

Los Alamitos High School Jazz I • Los Alamitos, CA • Justin Padilla

Northgate High School Jazz Band I • Walnut Creek, CA • Greg Brown

Orange County School of the Arts Ambassador Jazz Orchestra • Santa Ana, CA • Dan St. Marseille

Upland High School Jazz Ensemble I • Upland, CA • Mark Capalbo

HIGH SCHOOL COMBO DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

Berkeley High School Combo A • Berkeley, CA • Sarah Cline

Booker T. Washington HSPVA Jazz Combo I • Dallas, TX •  Fred Sanders

Canyon Crest Academy Jazz Trio I • Spring Valley, CA • Nathan Jarrell

Crossroads School Jazz "A" Band • Santa Monica, CA • Evan Avery

Hamilton High School Academy of Music Jazz Ensemble A • Los Angeles, CA • Jim Foschia

Rio Americano High School Trio • Sacramento, CA • Josh Murray

HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL ENSEMBLE DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

Booker T. Washington HSPVA Jazz Singers • Dallas, TX • Kent Ellingson

Dos Pueblos High School DP Jazz Choir • Goleta, CA • Courtney Anderson

Downey High School Epic Jazz Choir • Downey, CA • Corneliu Olariu

Folsom High School Jazz Choir I • Folsom, CA • Curtis Gaesser

LACHSA Vocal Jazz Ensemble • Los Angeles, CA • Pat Bass

Marin School of the Arts Jazz Choir I • Novato, CA • Stevie Greenwell

Natomas Charter School Vocal Ensemble • Sacramento, CA • Kelly Cullity

Valencia High School Two N' Four Vocal Jazz Ensemble • Valencia, CA • Christine Tavares-Mocha

HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL SOLOIST DIVISION

School • City • State • Soloist

Downey High School • Downey, CA • Veronica Villarreal

Hamilton High School Academy of Music and Performing Arts •  Los Angeles, CA • William Brandt

Kingsburg High School • Kingsburg, CA • Benjamin Nicholas

Nathan Hale High School • Seattle, WA • Olivia Pess

Windward School • Los Angeles, CA • Valentina Shelton

Young Lions Jazz Conservatory • San Diego, CA • Zion Dyson

COLLEGE BIG BAND DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

College of San Mateo Jazz Ensemble • San Mateo, CA • Mike Galisatus

Sacramento State University Jazz Ensemble • Sacramento, CA • Steve Roach

University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Ensemble I • Edmond, OK • Brian Gorrell

University of Denver Lamont Jazz Orchestra • Denver, CO • Steve Wiest

University of Miami Frost School of Music Frost Studio Jazz Band • Coral Gables, FL • Stephen Guerra

University of Nevada Las Vegas Jazz Ensemble I • Las Vegas, NV • Dave Loeb

COLLEGE COMBO DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Amber Ensemble • Boston, MA • Marco Pignataro

California State University Northridge Kairos • Northridge, CA • Matt Harris

Sacramento State University Jazz Combo • Sacramento, CA • Steve Roach

The New School Improv Ensemble • New York, NY • Matt Wilson

University of Miami, Frost School of Music New Music Ensemble • Coral Gables, FL • John Yarling

University of Nevada Las Vegas Honors Trio • Las Vegas, NV • Dave Loeb

COLLEGE VOCAL ENSEMBLE DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble • Sacramento, CA • Arthur Lapierre

Cabrillo College • Soquel, CA • Mark Bidelman

College of the Canyons House Blend • Santa Clarita, CA • Julie Lawson

College of the Canyons Just Jazz • Santa Clarita, CA • Julie Lawson

Miracosta College Frequency • Oceanside, CA • Matt Falker

Western Michigan University Gold Company • Kalamazoo, MI • Greg Jasperse

CONGLOMERATE HIGH SCHOOL BIG BAND DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

California Jazz Conservatory Jazzschool Studio Band • Berkeley, CA • Dave Eshelman

Colburn Jazz Workshop Big Band • Los Angeles, CA • Lee Secard

The Cosmic Conquerors • Berkeley, CA • Sarah Cline

San Jose Jazz High School All-Stars • San Jose, CA • Aaron Lington

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Big Band • San Francisco, CA • Paul Contos

Stanford Jazz Workshop Miles Ahead Big Band • Stanford, CA • Mike Galisatus

CONGLOMERATE HIGH SCHOOL COMBO DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

American Music Program • Portland, OR • Devin Phillips

California Jazz Conservatory Advanced High School Workshop I • Berkeley, CA • Michael Zilber

Colburn Jazz Monday Night Band • Los Angeles, CA • Lee Secard

Colburn Jazz Thursday Night Band • Los Angeles, CA • Lee Secard

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo • San Francisco, CA • Dan Zinn

Young Lions Jazz Conservatory New Soil Ensemble • San Diego, CA • Gilbert Castellanos

MIDDLE SCHOOL BIG BAND DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

Eckstein Senior Jazz Band • Seattle, WA • Moc Escobedo

Folsom Middle School Jazz Band • Folsom, CA • John Zimny

La Paz Intermediate Jazz Ensemble #1 • Mission Viejo, CA • Daniel Robbins

Oak Middle School Jazz Band • Los Alamitos, CA • Robert Harrell

Sutter Middle School Jazz Band • Folsom, CA • John Zimny

WCI Jazzers • Walnut Creek, CA • Rita Zigas-Brown

SPOTLIGHT STAGE PERFORMERS                           

School • City • State • Director

Ballard High School Jazz Combo • Seattle, WA • Michael James

Carmel High School Jazz Ensemble • Carmel, CA • Brian Handley

Carmel Middle School Jazz Ensemble • Carmel, CA • Sarah Prusasky

Eckstein Middle School Vocal Combo • Seattle, WA • Moc Escobedo

Gonzales High School Jazz Combo • Gonzales, CA • Tyrone Green

Groove Extension • Sacramento, CA • Jacam Mandricks

Kuumbwa Jazz All-Stars • Santa Cruz, CA • Terrell Eaton

Las Vegas Academy Combo Prime • Las Vegas, NV • Patrick Bowen

Manson High School Jazz Band • Manson, WA • Matt Brown

Mission Viejo High School Jazz Band • Mission Viejo, CA  • Doug Meeuwsen

Nathan Hale High School • Seattle, WA • Dan Rowe

Nathan Hale High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble • Seattle, WA • Evan Norberg

North Salinas High School Jazz Band • Salinas, CA • Brian Parker

Pacific Grove High School Jazz Club • Pacific Grove, CA • Rob Klevan

Salinas High School Jazz Band • Salinas, CA • Joe Johnson

San Benancio Middle School Jazz Band • Salinas, CA • Barry Capiaux

San Jose Jazz U19s • San Jose, CA • Aaron Lington

Seaside High School Hot Jazz Society • Seaside, CA • Theresa Hruby

Stanford Jazz Workshop Giant Steps Big Band Mid-Peninsula • Stanford, CA • David Hart

Stanford Jazz Workshop Giant Steps Big Band North • Stanford, CA • Dave Gregoric

Stanford Jazz Workshop Giant Steps Big Band South • Stanford, CA • Kristen Strom

Stanley Jazz Messengers • Lafayette, CA • Bob Athayde

Stanley Middle School Jazz Combo • Lafayette, CA • Bob Athayde

Youth Orchestra of Salinas (YOSAL) • Salinas, CA • Miran McPoland

SPECIAL GUEST GROUPS                                 

School • City • State • Director

California Jazz Conservatory • Berkeley, CA •                     

MJF Monterey County High School All-Star Jazz Band • Monterey, CA • Paul Contos

MJF Monterey County Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble • Monterey, CA • Rob Klevan & Janice Perl

MJF Monterey County Middle School Honor Band • Monterey, CA • Rob Klevan

Ethan Santos Quintet from Berklee College of Music • Boston, MA • Ethan Santos

University of Nevada, Las Vegas Joe Williams Honor Ensemble • Las Vegas, NV • Dave Loeb