04/17/14

Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Festival Results Announced

Winning combos will perform at Monterey Jazz Festival

The Monterey Jazz Festival has announced the results of its annual Next Generation Jazz Festival. A full list of top groups, scholarship and award winners can be found on the Festival's Web site at montereyjazzfestival.org.

Results by Category

In the High School Big Band division, top honors went to Northgate High School (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Greg Brown, director, winning for the first time in their history in the division. The runner-up was Buchanan High School (Clovis, Calif.), Paul Lucckesi, director. Third place went to Westlake High School Jazz Ensemble I (Westlake Village, Calif.), Brian Peter, director. All three bands will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

In the High School Combo Division, top honors went to Folsom High School (Folsom, Calif.), Curtis Gaesser, director, winning for the first time in their history in the combo division. The runner-up was Esperanza High School Combo A (Anaheim, Calif.), Brad Davis, Director. Third place went to Lexington High School (Lexington, Mass.), Andrew Held, director. The Folsom High School Combo will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

In the High School Open Combo Division, top honors went to the Tucson Jazz Institute "Concord" Combo (Tucson, Ariz.), Brice Winston, director, winning for the first time in the division. The runner-up were the Jazz House Messengers (West Orange, N.J.), Oscar Perez, director. Third place went to the New Jazz Messengers (White Plains, N.Y.), Julius Rodriguez, director. The Tucson Jazz Institute "Concord" Combo will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

In the High School Vocal Ensemble Division, top honors went to Folsom High School Jazz Choir I, (Folsom, Calif.), Curtis Gaesser, director, winning for the first time since 2012 and their 11th win since 1991. The runner-up was Valencia High School "Two N' Four" (Valencia, Calif.), Christine Tavares-Mocha, director. Third place went to Valencia High School "Soundwaves" (Valencia, Calif.), Christine Tavares-Mocha, director. Folsom High School Jazz Choir I and Valencia High School "Two N' Four" will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

In the College Big Band Division, top honors went to University of Miami Frost School of Music Concert Jazz Band (Miami, Fla.), John Daversa, director, winning on their debut performance. The runner-up was California State University Long Beach Concert Orchestra, Jeff Jarvis, director. Third place went to University of Nevada Las Vegas Jazz Ensemble I, (Las Vegas, Nev.), Dave Loeb, director. University of Miami Frost Concert Jazz Band will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

In the College Vocal Ensemble Division, top honors went to California State University Long Beach "Pacific Standard Time" (Long Beach, Calif.), Christine Guter, director. The runner-up was Elmhurst College "Late Night Blues" (Elmhurst, Ill), Susan Moninger, director. Third place went to American River College (Sacramento, Calif.), Dr. Arthur Lapierre, director. CSU Long Beach "Pacific Standard Time" will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

In the Conglomerate Big Band Division, top honors went to the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra (San Francisco, Calif.), Paul Contos, director. The runner-up was the Jazzschool Monday Night Studio Band (Berkeley, Calif.), Dave Eshelman, director. Third place went to the Tucson Jazz Institute "Ellington" Band (Tucson, Ariz.), Doug Tidaback, director. SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

In the College Open Combo Division, top honors went to USC Thornton School of Music Honors Combo (Los Angeles, Calif.), Jason Goldman, director. The runner-up was University of Nevada, Las Vegas Latin Jazz Ensemble (Las Vegas, Nev.), Uli Geissendoerfer, director. Third place went to the Brendan Polk Trio from Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.), Robin Sherman, director. USC Thornton School of Music Honors Combo will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

For a complete list of top ensembles, outstanding soloists and scholarship recipients, please visit Festival Results.

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