Sue Mingus, Director of Let My Children Hear Music, and the MSM Jazz Arts Program is pleased to present the finalists in the 2017 Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival. The goal of the Competition is to provide an opportunity for high school music students to explore the wide-ranging works of Charles Mingus, who left one of the largest and most personal legacies in 20th-century American composition, and to find their own individual voices within the music.
The finalists were chosen from high school jazz bands across the country. Our adjudicators were impressed by the high quality of the submissions and thrilled to hear Mingus’s music played with such heart and commitment. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Combo, Best Big Band, Outstanding Big Band Sections (in Regular and Specialized categories), Outstanding Soloists, Outstanding Student Arrangers, and the Mingus Spirit Award.
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2017 MINGUS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION FINALISTS
The finalists (in alphabetical order by school) are:
BIG BAND CATEGORY
Boston Latin High School Big Band, Boston, MA. Band Director: Paul J. Pitts
Lexington High School Jazz Ensemble, Lexington, MA.
Band Director: Patrick Donaher
Medfield High School Jazz Band, Medfield, MA. Band Director: Douglas Olsen
Berkeley High School Combo A, Berkeley, Ca. Band Director: Sarah Cline
Newark Academy Combo, Livingston, NJ. Band Director: Julius Tolentino
Rio Americano High School Jazz Combo, Sacramento, CA.
Band Director: Max Keisner
BIG BAND CATEGORY - Specialized Schools and Programs
Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Studio Ensemble, New York, NY.
Band Director: Kenny Rampton
Jazz House Big Band, Jazz House Kids. Montclair, NJ. Band Director: Julius Tolentino
SFJAZZ High School All Stars Big Band, San Francisco, CA. Band Director: Paul Contos
COMBO CATEGORY - Specialized Schools and Program
Jazz House Ambassadors, Jazz House Kids, Montclair, NJ.
Band Director: Mike Lee
SFJAZZ High School All Stars Combo, San Francisco, CA.
Band Director: Dann Zinn
Tulsa Jambassadors, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Tulsa, OK.
Band Director: Doug Styers
FRIDAY, FEB 17–MONDAY, FEB 20
2017 Festival Performances at the Jazz Standard
116 E. 27th Street (Between Park & Lexington)
MINGUS BIG BAND
FEB 17–18 FRI–SAT 7:30 PM, 9:30 PM, 11:30 PM ($30/$15 students)
FEB 19 SUN 7:30 PM, 9:30 PM ($25/$12.50 students)
Outstanding Soloist Winners will be invited to sit in with the band on Sunday.
FEB 20 MON 7:30 PM, 9:30 PM ($25/$12.50 students)
SATURDAY, FEB 18
FULL DAY OF CLINICS, MASTER CLASSES, AND JAM SESSIONS for student finalists only.
Film clips and performance by Mingus Dynasty – free and open to the public.
Manhattan School of Music
122nd Street and Broadway
12 PM Mingus Film Clips
12:30 PM Mingus Dynasty Performance
Abraham Burton (Alto Saxophone), Brandon Write (Tenor Saxophone), Philip Harper (Trumpet), Frank Lacy (Trombone), David Kikoski (Piano), Mike Richmond (Bass), Adam Cruz (Drums)
SUNDAY, FEB 19
Mingus High School COMPETITION followed by a performance by
the MSM Mingus Ensemble and Awards Ceremony
Manhattan School of Music
122nd Street at Broadway
Free and open to the public
Combo adjudicators: Abraham Burton, Frank Lacy, Mike Richmond
Big Band adjudicators: Conrad Herwig, Andy Mckee, Alex Norris
Regular Big Band
Specialized Big Band
MSM Mingus Ensemble, Directed by Frank Lacy
Presented by Sue Mingus and MSM Jazz Arts