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Winning High School Jazz Bands Renew the Mingus Legacy

Awards announced for 3rd annual Charles Mingus High School Competition

Jazz House Kids Big Band
Winner of Best Big Band (specialized): Jazz House Kids Big Band, Montclair, NJ, Julius Tolentino, band director
Winner of Best Big Band (regular): Medfield High School Jazz Ensemble 1, Medfield, MA, Douglas Olsen, band director

“Award season” proved especially exciting for an elite group of high school jazz bands from New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts last week, as winners were announced for the 3rd Annual Charles Mingus High School Band Competition.

In a February 20 ceremony at The Manhattan School of Music, where a festival celebrating Mingus’ music unfolded over four days with the competition as its main event. Awards were announced by producers Sue Mingus, wife of the late composer and founder of festival co-sponsor Let My Children Hear Music/The Charles Mingus Institute, and celebrated jazz educator Justin DiCioccio.

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