San Pedro Square Market Live Music: Join SPSM and San Jose Jazz for their Winter Fest performances with multiple jazz bands on Sunday, March 8th, 2015 starting at 12:00pm at the market.
Homestead High School Jazz Ensemble @ 12:00pm
The Homestead Jazz Ensemble is comprised of 22 of the top student musicians in Homestead High School’s large and vibrant music program.
The Homestead Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1974 by then band director, Rory Snyder. John Burn, a Homestead Jazz Ensemble Alum, has been the director since 1991.
Throughout the past four decades, the Homestead Jazz Ensemble has continually earned high ratings at adjudicated festivals such as the CMEA Jazz Festival, the Reno Jazz Festival, and the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival. In 2009, the Homestead Jazz Ensemble performed in the Australian International Music Festival in Sydney, Australia and in 2005 the Homestead Jazz Ensemble performed in both the “Next Generation” Monterey Jazz Festival and the Kobe Jazz Festival in Kobe, Japan.
Los Gatos High School Jazz Band @ 1:30pm
The Los Gatos High School Jazz Band is an audition-based big band comprised of students in grades 9-12. In the past 5 years, the jazz band has grown in both size and quality; in addition to performing around the Bay Area at town events, school concerts and adjudicated festivals, the group has also consistently received “unanimous superior” ratings at CMEA jazz festivals.
The jazz ensemble performs diverse styles of music such as swing, Latin, bebop, ragtime, and pop/rock/jazz fusion. Clinicians who specialize in various jazz styles will also guest lecture during the year, helping students gain a deeper understanding about the performance style. Members of this ensemble explore improvising and playing in smaller “combo” groups. Students in this ensemble typically take this class as their second music elective in addition to taking a foreign language and Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble.
Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ 3:00pm
Led by Director, Dillon Baiocchi and Ensemble Advisor, Eddie Mendenhall, theKuumbwa Jazz Honor Band is an all-star ensemble of high school musicians from Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas.
Having successfully auditioned, band members attend weekly rehearsals, study complex jazz theory, improvisation and arranging, and learn essential life skills such as communication, cooperation and critical thinking. The Honor Band performs at community benefits, festivals and special events, ending each school year with a concert at the renowned Kuumbwa Jazz Center.