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Monterey Jazz Festival Announces 2005 MJF County Bands

May 27, 2005; Monterey, California - "Thinking locally, acting globally" comes alive as the Monterey Jazz Festival announces new plans for several of its jazz education programs.

In addition to the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which is embarking on an international tour to perform in New York at Sweet Rhythms on July 3, Lincoln Center's "Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola" on July 4, and the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 6, the Monterey Jazz Festival has announced the members of the 2005 MJF County High School All-Star Band and has scheduled an international tour of Japan for this prestigious ensemble July 26-August 8.

Directed by renowned saxophonist and flautist Mr. Paul Cantos, the MJF County High School All-Star Band features the finest young jazz musicians from high schools throughout Monterey County. The band will participate in a series of concerts and cultural exchange programs at high-profile venues in Japan, including the Nanao Jazz Festival on July 30, the Jazz Villlage in Nanao on August 2, Tokyo’s Bb Club on August 3, and a concert in Tomisato on August 6. The tour also includes educational workshops with Monterey students and local Japanese high school musicians in Nanao and Tomisato. The 2005 MJF County High School All-Star Band completes its schedule with a performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival presented by MCI, September 16-18.

To further extend the Monterey Jazz Festival’s continuing commitment to jazz education, the festival has also announced the members of a new ensemble: the 2005 MJF County Middle School Honor Band. This ensemble, directed by MJF Education Director Dr. Rob Klevan, develops the talent of emerging jazz students from middle schools throughout Monterey County through the study of big band repertoire and performance of jazz composition and improvisation.

With educational programs such as the MJF County High School Honor Band, the MJF County Middle School Honor Band, and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, the Monterey Jazz Festival aims to change lives through jazz education and spread America’s original art-form, jazz, from Monterey around the world.

The following are members of the 2005 MJF County High School All-Star Band:

Director Mr. Paul Contos

Saxophones:

Trevor Steer, alto, Stevenson School

Corey Watkins, alto, Monterey High School

Michael Blackburn, tenor, Monterey High School

Chris Kroeze, tenor, Pacific Grove High School

Kyle Murchison, baritone, Carmel High School

Trombones:

Dakota Bell, Monterey High School

Davis Giedt, York School

Christopher Hardy, Salinas High School

Zachary McDaniel, Salinas High School

Chris Myrick, bass, Monterey High School

Trumpets:

Daniel Bean, York School

Ryan Mearns, Carmel High School

Rudy Mena, Salinas High School

Russell Sterten, Stevenson School

Michael Weissman, York School

Rhythm:

Emily Intersimone, piano, Santa Catalina School

Zach Parkes, bass, Carmel High School

Brice Albert, guitar, Monterey High School

Tim Spier, drums, Salinas High School

Skylar Campbell, drums, Pacific Grove High School

David DiMauro, vocalist, Carmel High School

The following are members of the 2005 MJF County Middle School Honor Band:

Director: Dr. Rob Klevan

Saxophones:

Amanda Oshiek, alto, Pacific Grove Middle School

Nikki Brighan, alto, San Benancio Middle School

Alt.- Haley Markow, Carmel Middle School

Alt.- Jennifer Gates, San Benancio Middle School

Riley Rustad, tenor, Carmel Middle School

Zach Horne, tenor, Walter Colton Middle School

Alt.- Daniel Christenson, Walter Colton Middle School

Alt.- Brian Guest, San Benancio Middle School

Aubrey Bauer, baritone, San Benancio Middle School

Alt.-Shelby Gertz, Carmel Middle School

Alt.-Stefan Rock, Pacific Grove Middle School

Trombones:

Richard Harkins, Walter Colton Middle School

Contessa Hannig, Carmel Middle School

Veronica Christie, King Middle School

Michael Castro, Fairview Middle School

Peter Sujan, Pacific Grove Middle School

Alt.-Chris McAleer, Stevenson Middle School

Trumpets:

Roy Chon, Pacific Grove Middle School

Tyler Greenway, Carmel Middle School

Ryan Gregg, San Benancio Middle School

Jamie King, Carmel Middle School

Ryan Schumacher, Santa Catalina Middle School

Philip Shen, San Benancio Middle School

Alt.- Bryan Fukano, San Benancio Middle School

Alt. Timothy Choi, Pacific Grove Middle School

Alt.- Joshua Ng Gavilan View Middle School

Rhythm:

Matthew Sherrill, piano, Washington Middle School

Elizabeth Cho, Pacific Grove Middle School

Alt.- Katrina Kochevar, Carmel Middle School

Kristen Sanchez, bass, Pacific Grove Middle School

Ruben Pulido, bass, Washington Middle School

Alex Schramm, guitar, Pacific Grove Middle School

Bob Magallanes, guitar, King Middle School

Alt.- Adam Merry, Stevenson Middle School

Dylan Aiello, drums, Carmel Middle School

Michael Yanoska, drums, Pacific Grove Middle School

Nicole Dovolis, vocalist, San Benancio Middle School

The Monterey Jazz Festival thanks California State University Monterey Bay for providing rehearsal facilities and equipment for the 2005 MJF County High School All-Star Band and the York School for providing rehearsal facilities and equipment for the 2005 MJF County Middle School Honor Band.

MJF COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STAR BAND TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

MJF County High School All-Star Band to perform at:

• Nanao Jazz Festival, Japan, July 30

• The Jazz Villlage in Nanao, Japan, August 2

• Bb Club in Tokyo, Japan August 3

• Concert in Tomisato, Japan August 6

• Monterey Jazz Festival presented by MCI in Monterey CA, September 16-18

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: 2005 MJF County Bands
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