High School All Stars - San Jose Jazz

High School
All Stars

An audition-based big band and combo providing pre-professional training in jazz theory and performance

Students advance their skills

Directed by the Grammy Award-winning Dr. Aaron Lington, 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 at San José State University 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.

Covid-19 has put the High School All Stars program on hiatus for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. We look forward to auditioning a new crop of students in October 2020.

The High School All Stars program is supported by San José State University.

“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


Aaron Lington is a San José State University music professor and director of its Jazz Studies Program. He is an accomplished music educator, 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. Aaron has adjudicated over 20 jazz festivals in the United States, including Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival and Folsom Jazz Festival. He frequently performs with his own Quintet, and has performed with the San José Symphony, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra and many others. Dr. Lington earned his BA in Music from the University of Houston Moores School of Music, his Masters in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, and his Doctorate in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Texas. He is a 2014 Grammy Award winner for his performance and composition work with Pacific Mambo Orchestra.

Learn more at aaronlington.com.

2019-20 Personnel

Sumi Govindaraju alto saxophone 1 (Bellarmine College Prep)
Auston Baker alto saxophone 2 (Independence High School)
Josiah Castellano bass trombone (Overfelt High School)
Carolyn Belluscio trombone (Leland High School)
Colin Chow trombone (Mountain View High School)
Keshav Kannan trombone (Lynbrook High School)
Johnny Wilkens tenor saxophone 1 (Los Gatos High School)
Ethan Tran tenor saxophone 2 (Westmont High School)
Skyler Andrews trumpet (Valley Christian High School)
Joshua Choi trumpet (Prospect High School)
Ryan Kang trumpet (Leland High School)
Dorian Lemarchand trumpet (Stanford Online High School)
Carson Trail trumpet (Mountain View High School)

U19s Combo

Nathan McCann bari saxophone (Valley Christian High School)
Micah Johnson bass (Home Schooled)
James Anderson drums (Valley Christian High School)
Ryota Sato guitar (Wilcox High School)
Archish Arun piano (Mountain View High School)

2019-20 Alternates

Ian Arsintescu alto saxophone (Leland High School)
Siddharth Banerjee tenor saxophone (Prospect High School)
Rachel Davis trombone (Independence High School)
Rebekah Davis bari (Independence High School)

Program contact:
Scott Fulton
408 288.7557, x2335

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Sponsored by Hammer Theatre
Sponsored by San Jose State University

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