2019 Next Generation Jazz Festival Finalists

HIGH SCHOOL BIG BAND DIVISION                                       

School • City • State • Director

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

Berkeley High School • Berkeley, CA • Sarah Cline

Clovis High School Jazz Ensemble A • Clovis, CA • Les Nunes

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

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

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

Green Valley High School Jazz Band I • Henderson, NV • Cara Froelich

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

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

Rio Americano High School "AM" Jazz Ensemble • Sacramento, CA • Josh Murray

Sankt Annae Big Band • Copenhagen, Denmark • Jens Erik Raasted

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

HIGH SCHOOL COMBO DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

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

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

Harvard-Westlake Jazz Explorers • Los Angeles, CA • Shawn Costantino

Marin School of the Arts Jazz Combo I • Novato, CA • Greg Johnson

Northgate High School Jazz Combo • Walnut Creek, CA • Greg Brown

Rio Americano High School "Children Hearing Music" • Sacramento, CA • Josh Murray

HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL ENSEMBLE DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts "V.I.N.Y.L." • Dallas, TX • Jasmine Barnes

Denver East High School "Angelaires" • Denver, CO • William Taylor

Downey High School "EPIC" Jazz Choir • Downey, CA • Corneliu Olariu

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

Mead High School "Surround Sound" • Spokane, WA • Mike Saccomanno

Valencia High School "Soundwaves" • Valencia, CA • Christine Tavares-Mocha

Valencia High School "Two N' Four" • Valencia, CA • Christine Tavares-Mocha

Valley Christian High School "Room 107" • San Jose, CA • Michael Jones

HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL SOLOIST DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

The Bishop's School • San Diego, CA • Zion Dyson

Downey High School • Downey, CA • Rebecca Ramirez

Marin School of the Arts • Novato, CA • Sara Meblin

Oakland School of the Arts • Oakland, CA • Tai-Ge Min

Valley Christian High School • San Jose, CA • Christiana Schiller

Windward School • Los Angeles, CA • Samantha Spector

COLLEGE BIG BAND DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

Azusa Pacific University Jazz Ensemble • Azusa, CA • David Beatty

California State University, Northridge "A" Band • Northridge, CA • Matt Harris

Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano "CCCN” Jazz Orchestra • San Jose, Costa Rica • Carlomagno Araya

University of Kansas Jazz Ensemble I • Lawrence, KS • Dan Gailey

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

University of Southern California Thornton Jazz Orchestra • Los Angeles, CA • Bob Mintzer

COLLEGE COMBO DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

California State University, Northridge "Amanda Hamilton Group" • Northridge, CA • Matt Harris

Columbia University Jazz Combo • New York, NY • Bruce Barth

Oberlin Conservatory of Music "Oberlin Jazz Quartet" • Oberlin, OH • Jacob Swedlow

Sacramento State Jazz Combo • Sacramento, CA • Steve Roach

San Jose State University Combo • San Jose, CA • Aaron Lington

University of Miami Frost School of Music "Stamps Quintet" • Coral Gables, FL • Chuck Bergeron

COLLEGE VOCAL ENSEMBLE DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

Cabrillo College "West Coast Voices" • Aptos, CA • Mark Bidelman

California State University, Long Beach "Pacific Standard Time" • Long Beach, CA • Christine Helferich Guter

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

Sacramento State "Vox Now" • Sacramento, CA • Gaw Vang Williams

University of Miami Frost School of Music "Frost Vocal Jazz I" • Coral Gables, FL • Kate Reid

University of the Pacific "Pacific Vocal Jazz Ensemble" • Stockton, CA • Randy Sandoli

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

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

Tucson Jazz Institute "Ellington" Big Band • Tucson, AZ • Johnathan Black

CONGLOMERATE HIGH SCHOOL COMBO DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

American Music Program "Pacific Crest" Sinfonietta • Portland, OR • Devin Phillips

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

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

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

Tucson Jazz Institute "Concord" Combo • Tucson, AZ • Brice Winston

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

MIDDLE SCHOOL BIG BAND DIVISION

School • City • State • Director

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

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

Lamar Middle School and Fine Arts Academy "Jazz Factory" • Austin, TX • Raul Escobedo

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

Stanley Middle School "Jazz Messengers" • Lafayette, CA • Bob Athayde

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

SPECIAL GUEST GROUPS

School • Group • City • State • Director

Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Ensemble • Pomona, CA • Dave Kopplin

Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Combo • Pomona, CA • Dave Kopplin

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

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

Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences Jazz Combo • Los Angeles, CA • Evan Avery

Eckstein Middle School Senior Jazz Band • Seattle, WA • Moc Escobedo

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

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

Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band • Santa Cruz, CA • David McGillicuddy

Lamar Middle School and Fine Arts Academy “Jazz Factory” • Austin, TX • Raul Escobedo

Landmark Middle School Big Band Jazz Ensemble • Moreno Valley, CA • Michael Weeks

Landmark Middle School Jazz Combo • Moreno Valley, CA • Michael Weeks

Monterey High School “Green” Ensemble • Monterey, CA • Bob Aguilar

Monterey High School “Gold” Ensemble • Monterey, CA • Bob Aguilar

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

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

Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey County Middle School Honor Band • Monterey, CA •  Rob Klevan

Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Women in Jazz Combo • Katie Thiroux

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

Pacific Grove High School “Jazz in the Grove” Big Band • Pacific Grove, CA • Theresa Hruby

Pacific Grove Middle School Jazz Combo • Pacific Grove, CA • Barbara Priest

Palma School Jazz Band • Salinas, CA • Steve Uccello

Salinas High School Jazz Ensemble • Salinas, CA • Micah Cabaccang

Salinas High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble • Salinas, CA • Michelle Boulware

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

San Dimas High School Band • San Dimas, CA • Daniel Sandt

Santa Barbara City College “Lunch Break” Big Band • Santa Barbara, CA • Jim Mooy

Santa Barbara City College New World Jazz Combo • Santa Barbara, CA • Anthony Ybarra

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

Stanford Jazz Workshop “Miles Ahead" Combo • Stanford, CA • Raffi Garabedian

Stanley Middle School "Wombo Combo" • Lafayette, CA • Bob Athayde

Stevenson School Jazz Ensemble • Pebble Beach, CA • Adam Petrocelli

Tomisato High School “Mad Hatters” • Tomisato, Japan • Masaki Shinohara

Trinity Christian High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble • Monterey, CA • Janice Perl

Tucson Jazz Institute “Basie” Big Band • Tucson, AZ • Johnathan Black

University of Nevada, Las Vegas “Nefertiti” Combo • Las Vegas, CA • Dave Loeb

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

Walter Colton Middle School Jazz Ensemble • Monterey, CA • Paul Dunsmoor

Woodcreek High School Big Band • Roseville, CA • Brad North

Woodside High School Jazz Combo • Woodside, CA • Bill Tolles