High School All Stars - San Jose Jazz

High School
All Stars

Providing pre-professional training in jazz theory and performance

Students advance their skills

Directed by respected saxophonist Oscar Pangilinan, our High School All Stars (HSAS) program is designed to help students achieve mastery of improvisation techniques while advancing their knowledge of music theory, arranging, composition, performance and jazz history. The group rehearses weekly and performs in professional venues all over the region.

In the recent past, HSAS has performed at the San Jose Jazz Summer and Winter Fests, Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, Joint Venture Silicon Valley “State of the Valley” and the “Season of Hope” Series at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Recent graduates have gone on to attend music programs at New York University, University of Southern California, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin College, Florida State University, California State University Northridge and San Jose State University.

2022-23 Auditions

September 24–25
SJZ HQ in downtown San Jose

Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Trumpet, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums/Percussion and vocals

To audition, prepare a piece from the jazz repertiore and be ready to sight read and improvise over a blues or jazz standard of choice.

Fill out the form linked below and you will be linked to a choice of available audition slots.

The Program

Tuition: $425
Rehearsals take place 7–9pm each Wednesday at SJZ HQ in downtown San Jose

"I would like to acknowledge once more the High School All Stars. Oh my goodness! I was so impressed...so impressed. They were fantastic!"

– NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater, after HSAS opened for her concert

U19s Combo

The U19s is a student led ensemble that features the HSAS rhythm section in a small group setting. This ensemble performs regularly throughout the season and for special engagements separate and apart from the main HSAS big band ensemble.

The SJZ U19s present students with an opportunity to work in small groups, rehearse repertoire that is chosen by its members and get specialized instruction and coaching for performance within this format.

Rhythm section players are automatically enrolled in this ensemble for the season, with up to two horn players selected by the band director, subject to audition results.

Photo Gallery

Program contact:
Scott Fulton
408 288.7557, x2335

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