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 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.



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2019-2020 Monterey County High School All-Star Band
Director: Mr. Paul Contos

Milo Borer, alto sax / Pacific Grove High School
Sam Coutts, alto sax / Pacific Grove High School
*alt: Jadan Adams, alto sax / Monterey High School
Sam Wisner, tenor sax / York School
Cayden Bloomer, tenor sax / Pacific Grove High School
*alt: Tatum Sanders, tenor sax / Palma High School
Jack Connolly, baritone sax / Carmel High School
*alt: Matthew Edwards, baritone sax / Marina High School

Elijah Taurke / Pacific Grove High School
Jose Romero / Pacific Grove High School
Alexis Rodas-Mendoza / Pacific Grove High School

Alana Henden / Pacific Grove High School
Ryan Knight / Carmel High School
Kenji Penniman / Pacific Grove High School
William Coen / Pacific Grove High School
Kai Hatton / Pacific Grove High School
*alt: Nathan Binder / Pacific Grove High School

Jordi Faxon, piano / Carmel High School
Tanner Downing-McAdams, guitar / Pacific Grove High School
Philip Tuffs, bass / Homeschool
Carl Nielsen, drums / Palma High School
Rey Avila, drums / Pacific Grove High School
*alt: Pablo Sanchez / Monterey High School

2020 Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Directors: Ms. Janice Perl & Dr. Rob Klevan

Olivia Kadosh / Carmel High School
Nora MacKinnon / Trinity Christian High School
Pascale Montgomery / Carmel High School
Mariana Zoellin / Pacific Grove High School

Jessica Badiny / Monterey High School
Laurel Bowen / Pacific Grove High School
Tyra Domalaog / Pacific Grove High School
Chloe Scheid / Homeschool

Jeremiah Lamph / Carmel High School
Joshua Russo / Trinity Christian High School
Wyatt Wadsworth / Carmel High School

Isaac Marquez / Trinity Christian High School
Jordan Mosebach / York School
Zachary Bridges / Homeschool
*alt: Thomas Gutshall / Homeschool

2020 Middle School Honor Jazz Band
Director: Dr. Rob Klevan

Andrew Murray, alto sax / Pacific Grove Middle School
Nathan Wasson, tenor sax / San Benancio Middle School
Xavier Macias, baritone sax / San Benancio Middle School

Jonathan Garvin / Walter Colton Middle School
Bryan Kim / San Benancio Middle School
Johnny Klevan / Pacific Grove Middle School
Briana Romo / San Benancio Middle School
*alt: Sebastian Gonzales / Phoenix Middle School

Jack Uchida-Dohrmann, piano / San Benancio Middle School
Thomas Coen, guitar / Pacific Grove Middle School
Tommy Ducker, bass / Palma School
Logan Hathorn, bass / Pacific Grove Middle School
Aaron Bonynge, drums / Carmel Middle School
Christopher Platt, drums / Pacific Grove Middle School

Jenna Beesley, vocals / San Carlos School
Marshall Pearman, French horn / Pacific Grove Middle School