High School All Stars - San Jose Jazz

High School
All Stars

Providing pre-professional training in jazz theory and performance

Announcing the 2023-24 High School All Stars!

Students from 15 high schools in greater Silicon Valley represent the cream of the crop of young local jazz musicians.

2023-24 Personnel

June McMahon

Bass

Notre Dame High School

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Shreyas Anand

Bass Alt

Lynbrook High School

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Jacob Anderson

Drum 1

Valley Christian High School

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Eric Wu

Drum 2

Leigh High School

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Jeremy Darrow

Piano

Valley Christian High School

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Tiago Murchison

Piano Alt

Wilcox High School

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Daniel Nguyen

Guitar

Piedmont Hills High School

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Joshua Prabhakar

Bass

Valley Christian High School

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Jack Shafer

Bass Alt

Bellarmine College Prep

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George Paddack

Drum 1

Wilcox High

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Lucas Ruoss

Piano

Woodside High School

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Nivi Josy

Piano Alt.

Valley Christian High School

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Brandon Haghnazari

Alto Sax 1

Valley Christian High School

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Tommy Wolfe

Alto Sax 2

Leigh High School

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Max Jankowski

Alto Sax Alt.

Mountain View High School

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Justin Shi

Baritone Sax 1

Valley Christian High School

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Kunaal Pendse

Baritone Sax Alt.

Pioneer High School

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Maria Velikhovskaya

Tenor Sax 1

The Harker School

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Allison Callaghan

Tenor Sax 2

Los Gatos High School

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Evan Gault

Trombone 1

Mountain View High School

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Supash Bhat

Trumpet

Archbishop Mitty High School

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Liam Devenney

Trumpet

Mountain View High School

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Jacob Singer

Trumpet 3

Leigh High School

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Caroline Jaffe

Trumpet 4

Sacred Heart Prep

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David Liu

Trombone 1

Archbishop Mitty High School

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"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

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.

Out Now: 2022/23 HSAS
25th Street Sessions

Take a listen to this album professionally recorded at the 25th Street Studios in Oakland including jazz arrangements of tunes from your favorite video games including Super Mario 64, Princess Mononoke and Cowboy Bebop.

2023 Counterpoint with Ukraine

As part of Winter Fest: Counterpoint With Ukraine, two High School All Stars students, Ryota Sato and Jeremy Darrow, were given the opportunity to work directly with drummer/educator John Hollenbeck as they arranged two tunes for performance at the Fest.

John provided inspiration and advice but provided as much creative space as the students needed. “I’m here to help in any way. It could be very minute details. It could be about form or soloists. Which also means if you don’t need any help, I don’t have to say anything.” 

Read more on the SJZ Blog.

Videos

HSAS opens for Octobop, December 2022

SJZ U19s perform at TedXYouth Silicon Valley 2023

HSAS performs "Flood" at Summer Fest 2022

Oscar Pangilinan, Director

Born and raised in San Jose’s Alum Rock neighborhood, saxophonist Oscar Pangilinan began playing in jazz ensembles in middle school, and his passion for music continued as he pursued a degree in jazz studies at San Jose State. In fact, passion is a key concept for Pangilinan as an inspiration and driving force behind his own creativity as well as something he hopes to instill in his students. Along with being co-leader of the jazz, funk, and R&B group the Bad Ones and performing alongside Bay Area musicians whenever the opportunity strikes, he works as a woodwind instructor with the Alum Rock Jazz Band and an educator for SJZ Summer Jazz Camps. He also performs with his trio as part of the SJZ Jazz Jam.

“I count myself fortunate to be surrounded by so many different people from all around the world — and living in Silicon Valley means we get to enjoy the very best that each culture has to offer. Choosing to make a career in a creative field means the desire and push to remain passionate about what you do is very, very real. I’m inspired by people who possess great passion for what they do.”

“Teachers inspire me and [that] is probably a huge reason why I became one myself. And teachers aren’t just those in the classroom; they’re everyday people you meet, people in your family, and even your friends. Great teachers…take something you thought was complicated and overwhelming and make those feelings go away by making it relatable and understandable. Working with young students as much as I do, one of the biggest criticisms I have is that we’re loading our kids’ schedules with too much and demanding a level of productivity from them that’s on par with some CEOs. My greatest fear with all of this is that we’re teaching an entire generation of students to only get ankle deep in many subjects, rather than picking one or two that they truly are passionate about.”

“We have an amazing cache of creative artists here in San Jose and Silicon Valley. I hope to show others around me a path they could follow, and I want to encourage them to be passionate and take chances.”

–Nathan Zanon, for Content Magazine, Issue 12.3 Perform

Oscar Pangilinan, Director

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.

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Program contact:
Scott Fulton
scottf@sanjosejazz.org
408 288.7557, x2335

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