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

COMBO CATEGORY

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

SCHEDULE 

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.

MINGUS ORCHESTRA
FEB 20 MON 7:30 PM, 9:30 PM
($25/$12.50 students)

http://jazzstandard.com

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 
http://www.msmnyc.edu

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)

Neidorff-Karpati Hall

SUNDAY, FEB 19

Mingus High School COMPETITION followed by a performance by
the MSM Mingus Ensemble and Awards Ceremony  
Manhattan School of Music
NEIDORFF-KARPATI HALL
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

9:30 AM 
Regular Combo 

11:15 AM
Specialized Combo

1:45 PM
Regular Big Band 

3:30 PM
Specialized Big Band

5:15 PM
MSM Mingus Ensemble, Directed by Frank Lacy
 
5:45 PM
Award Ceremony
Presented by Sue Mingus and MSM Jazz Arts

Ninth Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival
February 17–20, 2017



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