SJZ High School All Stars

We are happy to announce that this season’s High School All Stars have been chosen. Thank you to all of those who auditioned and we look forward to another exciting season with a fresh group of young jazz musicians.

2019-20 Personnel

Ian Arsintescu – alto saxophone (alternate) (Leland High School)
Siddharth Banerjee – tenor saxophone (alternate) (Prospect High School)
Rachel Davis – trombone (alternate) (Independence High School)
Rebekah Davis – bari (alternate) (Independence High School)
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 Wolkens – 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 Advanced Combo
Nathan McCann – bari saxophone (Valley Christian High School)
Micah Johnson – bass (homeschool)
James Anderson – drums (Valley Christian High School)
Ryota Sato – guitar (Wilcox High School)
Archish Arun – piano (Mountain View High School)

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.

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.

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.

Performance Highlights