Introducing the 2013-14 San Jose Jazz High School All-Stars
Matt Stubbs, Alto Sax – Mountain View High School Wynne Stagnaro, Alto Sax – Valley Christian High School Caymen Kwasney, Baritone Sax – Los Gatos High School Jack Hondagneu, Tenor Sax – St Francis High School Jeffrey Tesik, Tenor Sax – Valley Christian High School
Chris Drennan, Trumpet – Santa Teresa High School Ryan Phung, Trumpet – Burlingame Intermediate Christian Cotter, Trumpet – Prospect High School Justin Jio, Trumpet – Lincoln High School Jordan Lief, Trumpet – Valley Christian High School
Akarsh Kumar, Trombone – Evergreen High School Joseph Yang, Trombone – Pioneer High School Sarah Chue, Trombone – Valley Christian High School Lenny Ramieriz, Trombone – Independence High School Ethan Saxe, Trombone – Valley Christian High School
Sam Mendoza, Guitar – Lincoln High School Seiji Yamashita, Piano – Valley Christian High School Mikailo Kasha, Bass – Los Altos High School Michael Whalen, Vibraphone – Los Gatos High School Brandon Walters, Drums – St Francis High School
Rebecca Cunningham, Vocals – Valley Christian High School
High School All-Stars in 2012-2013
The High School All Stars had a fantastic year in 2012-13! In addition to rehearsing with Dr. Aaron Lington weekly, they performed at such places as: San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, San Jose Museum of Art, Santa Cruz Jazz Festival (Command Performance), Music at the Market (San Pedro Square Market), Computer History Museum, San Jose Jazz Winter Fest, American Cancer Society 2013 Relay For Life, San Jose State University Jazz Festival, just to name a few.
The 2012-13 High School All Stars included students from 14 regional high school band programs, including Archbishop Mitty High School, Homestead High School, Independence High School, Lincoln High School, Los Altos High School, Los Gatos High School, Mountain View High School, Pioneer High School, Prospect High School, Saint Francis High School, Santa Clara High School, Santa Teresa High School, Stanford University Online High School, and Valley Christian High School.The first concert for this amazing ensemble was the free High School All Stars Holiday Show on December 21.
The High School All Stars is a regional,
audition-based music education program for students who are interested
in the study and performance of jazz. The program includes a large
ensemble and a combo. It’s designed to help students achieve a mastery
of improvisation techniques while advancing their knowledge of music
theory, arranging, composition, performance, and jazz history.
includes weekly rehearsals at San José State University and
performances in professional venues (thirteen performances in 2011-12).
The program is under the direction of Dr. Aaron Lington, professor of
music and coordinator of the Jazz Studies Program at San José State
University. The band rehearses two-hours, once a week and engages in
performances throughout the year. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings
from 7-9pm and are held on the SJSU campus.
Have the high school all stars perform at your event:
The High School All Stars are available to perform at concerts, festivals, civic celebrations, and corporate events as a way to underwrite the program and give our musicians excellent performance training. The High School All Stars try to accept gigs only on weekends and try to avoid playing during the day or in the evenings (except Fridays and Saturdays) during the school year.
The High School All Stars have performed for such organizations as Community Foundation Silicon Valley, San Jose Jazz, Santa Clara University, San Jose Museum of Art, EMQ FamiliesFirst, and San Jose Country Club. The concerts were performed at such venues as the Computer History Museum, Hilton Hotel, San Jose Museum of Art, Los Gatos Opera House, San Pedro Square Market, San Jose Country Club, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.
Dr. Aaron Lington is a San José State University
(SJSU) music professor and Coordinator of its Jazz Studies Program. He is an
accomplished music educator, arranger/composer, and saxophonist. California
Music Educators Association (CMEA) named him Jazz Educator of the Year; Downbeat
Magazine has twice recognized him as a “Rising Star” in the Baritone Saxophone
category; and SJSU honored him with a faculty award for outstanding teaching,
professional achievement, and meritorious service to the University. Dr.
Lington has adjudicated over 20 jazz festivals in the Western United States,
including Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, Folsom Jazz Festival, and
University of Houston Jazz Festival. In addition, Dr. Lington frequently
performs with the Aaron Lington Quintet, and has performed with the San José
Symphony, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra, and many others.
Dr. Lington earned his Bachelor’s in Music from the University of Houston
Moores School of Music, his Master’s in Jazz Studies from the University of
North Texas, and his Doctorate in Saxophone Performance from the University of