Monterey County Honor Ensembles

Each year, Monterey Jazz Festival selects top students from across Monterey County to participate in middle and high school big bands, and a vocal ensemble. Led by MJF Education Director Paul Contos (High School All-Star Band) and renowned educator Dr. Rob Klevan (Honor Vocal and Middle School Band) and Mrs. Janice Perl (Honor Vocal), each all-star ensemble rehearses twice monthly (daily at MJF's annual Summer Camp) while working on ensemble skills--includes phrasing, blending, improvisation and rhythmic feel, while exploring a range of jazz styles. The MJF High School All-Stars also perform across Monterey County, at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, and far beyond, testing their chops on the bandstand while bringing great music to the community. In summer 2015, the high school ensembles traveled to Washington D.C., where they performed at the Kennedy Center, the National Archives, and the Bohemian Caverns jazz club.

2017-2018 Monterey COunty High School All-Star Band

2017-18 MJF High School All-Star Band

Director: Mr. Paul Contos

Camryn Wood, alto sax / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Milo Borer, alto sax / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Siena Fisk, tenor sax / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Sam Wisner, tenor sax / York School
Ealaph Tabbaa, baritone sax / Carmel High School  

Felix Diaz-Contreras / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Chris Matthews / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Elijah Taurke / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Bennett Bishop / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Amber Hobbs (bass) / Carmel High School                                                    

Alana Henden / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Christine Lee / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Noah Kirsch / Carmel High School
Reed Samuels / Pacific Grove Jazz Club
James Baek / York School

Davíd Sánchez, piano / Monterey High School and Pacific Grove Jazz Club
Nathan Nguyen, guitar / York School
Aaron Georis, bass / Carmel High School
Max Almaraz, drums / Salinas High School

2017-2018 MJF Monterey County High School Honor Vocal Ensemble

2017-18 MJF High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Directors: Dr. Rob Klevan and Mrs. Janice Perl

Savannah Allen / Carmel High School
Jessica Boles / Notre Dame High School
Sarah Galley / North Monterey County High School
Nora MacKinnon / Trinity Christian High School
Ali Shanklin / Monterey High School

Katarina Harrison / Carmel High School
Pascale Montgomery / Carmel High School
Alexandra Pavlet / Monterey High School
Katie Wheeler / Notre Dame High School

Isaiah Boulware / Pacific Grove High School
Joe Johnsson / Carmel High School

Jeremiah Lee / Trinity High School
Andrew Simpson / York School

2017-2018 MJF Monterey County Middle School Honor Band

2017-18 MJF Middle School Honor Band

Dr. Rob Klevan, Director

Reed Lloyd, alto sax 1 / Carmel Middle School
William Newsome, alto sax 2 / Pacific Grove Middle School
Tatum Sanders, alto sax 2 / Palma School
Isaac Stone, tenor sax / Carmel Middle School
Robert Gomez, tenor sax / Carmel Middle School
Xavier Macias, baritone sax / San Benancio Middle School

Amelia Mayer / Pacific Grove Middle School
Alexis Rodas-Mendoza / Pacific Grove Middle School
Carl Nielsen / Palma School
Jose Romero / Pacific Grove Middle School
Jack Uchida-Dohrmann  / San Benancio Middle School

Kenji Penniman / Pacific Grove Middle School
Jake Garneau / Carmel Middle School
Joseph McShane / Carmel Middle School
Nathan Binder / Pacific Grove Middle School
Zane Coutts / Pacific Grove Middle School

Alejandro Salmeron, piano / San Benancio Middle School
Tanner Downing-McAdams, guitar / International School, Monterey
Tommy Ducker, bass / Pacific Grove Middle School
Pablo Sanchez, drums / Santa Catalina School
Jayden Franz, drums / Pacific Grove Middle School

Jessica Badiny, vocals / Trinity Christian School