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 2016 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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2016 MINGUS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION FINALISTS

The finalists (in alphabetical order by school) are:

BIG BAND CATEGORY

Esperanza High School Jazz I Ensemble,Anaheim, CA. Band Director: Bradley Davis

Lexington High School Jazz Ensemble, Lexington, MA. Band Director: Patrick Donaher

The Rivers Big Band,The Rivers School,Weston, MA. Band Director: Philippe Crettien

COMBO CATEGORY

Battle Ground High School Jazz Combo, Battle Ground,WA. Band Director: Greg McKelvey

Lexington High School Jazz Combo, Lexington, MA. Band Director: Patrick Donaher

Rio Americano High School Jazz Combo, Sacramento, CA. Band Director: Max Kiesner

BIG BAND CATEGORY - Specialized Schools and Programs

Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra, New York, NY. Band Director: Vincent Gardner

Jazz House Big Band, Jazz House Kids. Montclair, NJ. Band Director: Julius Tolentino

Tulsa Jam’bassadors, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Tulsa, OK. Band Director: Doug Styers

COMBO CATEGORY - Specialized Schools and Program

The Builders,Alan Jones Academy of Music, Portland, OR. Band Director: Alan Jones

Jazz Academy Blakey Ensemble, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY. Band Director: Jerome Jennings

Jazz House Organ Messengers, Jazz House Kids, Montclair, NY. Band Director: Julius Tolentino

SCHEDULE 

FRIDAY, FEB 12-SUNDAY, FEB 14

MINGUS BIG BAND at Jazz Standard
116 E. 27th Street between Park & Lexington
http://jazzstandard.com
Sets at 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Fri/Sat: $30/$15 students
Sunday: $25/$12.50 students

SATURDAY, FEB 13

FULL DAY OF CLINICS, MASTER CLASSES, AND JAMS 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  
Ades Performance Space
Mingus Film Clips

12:30 PM  
Ades Performance Space
Mingus Dynasty

Brandon Wright, Alto Saxophone; Abraham Burton, Tenor Saxophone; Philip Harper, Trumpet; 
Frank Lacy, Trombone; David Kikoski, Piano; Boris Kozlov, Bass; 
Adam Cruz, Drums 

SUNDAY, FEB 14

Mingus High School COMPETITION followed by a performance by
the MSM Mingus Ensemble and Awards Ceremony  
Manhattan School of Music
BORDEN AUDITORIUM
122nd Street at Broadway
Free and open to the public 

9:30 AM 
Regular Combo 

11:15 AM
Specialized Combo

1:45 PM
Regular Big Band 

3:15 PM
Specialized Big Band

5:15 PM
MSM Mingus Ensemble
 
5:45 PM
Award Ceremony
Presented by Sue Mingus

MONDAY, FEB 15

MINGUS ORCHESTRA
Jazz Standard
116 E. 27th Street between Park & Lexington
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30
$25/$12.50 students

Eighth Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival
February 12–15, 2016



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