Sue Mingus, Director of Let My Children Hear Music, and Justin DiCioccio, Associate Dean and Chair of the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music, are pleased to present the finalists in the 2015 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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Schedule

FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES AT JAZZ STANDARD
116 E. 27TH STREET (BETWEEN PARK AND LEX) PHONE: 212 576 2232

FEB 13-14 | FRI-SAT | 7:30 PM, 10 PM, 11:45 PM FEB 15 | SUN | 7:30 PM, 10 PM, 11:45 PM
MINGUS BIG BAND
Outstanding Soloist Winners will be invited to sit in with the band on Sunday.

FEB 16 | MON | 7:30PM, 10PM
MINGUS ORCHESTRA

Festival Events at MSM

FEB 14 | SAT

12 PM | ADES PERFORMANCE SPACE
MINGUS FILM CLIPS

12:30 PM | ADES PERFORMANCE SPACE
MINGUS DYNASTY
Alex Foster, Alto Saxophone; Brandon Wright, Tenor Saxophone; Alexander Norris, Trumpet; Frank Lacy, Trombone; David Kikoski, Piano; Donald Edwards, Drums; Boris Kozlov, Bass

1:15 PM | ADES PERFORMANCE SPACE
RHYTHM SECTION CLINIC
Members of Mingus Dynasty: David Kikoski, Piano; Boris Kozlov, Bass; Donald Edwards, Drums

1:15 PM | STUDIO 707
WOODWIND CLINIC
Mingus Alumni: Howard Johnson and Steve Slagle

1:15 PM | CARLA BOSSI-COMELLI STUDIO (710)
BRASS CLINIC
Members of Mingus Big Band: Alexander Norris and Conrad Herwig

2:45 PM | STUDIO 707
BAND DIRECTORS’ EVENT
Ken Pullig, Sy Johnson, Howard Johnson, and Jack Walrath
PART 1—TEACHING MINGUS
PART 2—ARRANGING MINGUS

2:45 PM | ADES PERFORMANCE SPACE AND CARLA BOSSI-COMELLI STUDIO (710)
STUDENT JAM SESSIONS
For finalists only Alex Foster and Frank Lacy, Jam Session Moderators

High School Competition

FEB 15 | SUN
All compositions by Charles Mingus Combo adjudicators: Justin DiCioccio, Frank Lacy, Conrad Herwig Big Band adjudicators: Boris Koslov, Alex Norris, Ken Pullig


9:30 AM
REGULAR COMBO

Newark Academy Jazz Combo
Livingston, NJ

Berkeley High School Combo A
Berkeley, CA

Rivers Select Combo I
The Rivers School, Weston, MA


11:15 AM
SPECIALIZED COMBO

46th St Ensemble
White Plains, NY

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Jazz Combo
Hartford, CT

Pacific Crest Jazz Combo
American Music Program, Portland, OR

1:45 PM
REGULAR BIG BAND

Medfield High School Jazz Band
Medfield, MA

Lexington High School Jazz Ensemble
Lexington, MA

Newark Academy Big Band “Chameleon”
Livingston, NJ

3:15 PM
SPECIALIZED BIG BAND

Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra
American Music Program, Portland, OR

Jazz House Big Band
Jazz House Kids, Montclair, NJ

La Guardia High School Senior Jazz Band
LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, New York, NY

5:15 PM
CLOSING CONCERT AND AWARDS CEREMONY

MSM Mingus Ensemble

Seventh Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival
February 13–15, 2015

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