SJZ High School All Stars

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. Participation includes weekly rehearsals at San José State University and performances in professional venues.

2018-19 Auditions

We will be looking for our next group of talented instrumentalists and vocalists on Sunday, October 14, inside the San Jose State University Music Building. Auditions begin at 2pm and continue until all students have been auditioned.

Get a head start on the audition by reading the FAQ and filling out the application before you arrive. Find links to these documents under “More Info.”

Dr. Aaron Lington, Director

Aaron Lington is a San José State University 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. Aaron has adjudicated over 20 jazz festivals in the Western 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.

2017-18 Personnel

James Anderson – drums (Valley Christian High School)
Brian Belluscio – trombone (Leland High School)
Katie Chiu – trombone (Leland High School)
Rebekah Davis – baritone saxophone (Independence High School)
Rachel Davis – trombone (Independence High School)
Enzo Filangeri – trumpet (Lincoln High School)
Colin Fujikawa – trombone (Valley Christian High School)
Sumi Govindaraju – alto saxophone 1 (Independence High School)
Paul Heo – bass (Leland High School)
Dorian Lemarchand – trumpet (Stanford Online High School)
Chris Martinez – trumpet (Independence High School)
Everett Pustell – alto saxophone 2 (Los Altos High School)
Joseph Ramirez – trumpet (Mount Pleasant High School)
Carlos Solorzano – guitar (Willow Glen High School)
Carson Trail – trumpet (Mountain View High School)
Ethan Tran – tenor saxophone 2 (Westmont High School)
Shane Turner – piano (Menlo-Atherton High School)
Evan Vlahos – trombone (Carlmont High School)
Tim Youngman – tenor saxophone 1 (Prospect High School)

Book the High School All Stars

Hiring our big band or combo to perform at your event is a great way to entertain your guests while underwriting the program and giving our musicians excellent performance experience. High School All Stars accepts gigs during the school year, working around school schedules.

Gallery: High School All Stars Auditions – San Jose State University October 9, 2016