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.
A new roster of All Stars will be chosen on Saturday, October 12, from 10am–2pm. Students are selected through a competitive audition process conducted by Dr. Aaron Lington. The audition includes sight-reading, a demonstration of knowledge of all 12 major scales and improvisation. Download the FAQ from this page for more information on the program and the audition process.
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.
Austin Ansel – bass (Valley Christian High School)
James Anderson – drums (Valley Christian High School)
Archish Arun – piano (Mountain View High School)
Sumi Govindaraju – alto saxophone 1 (Bellarmine College Prep)
Aristos Xanthus – alto saxophone 2, piano (alternate) (Mt. Pleasant High School)
Tim Youngman – tenor saxophone 1 (Prospect High School)
Ethan Tran – tenor saxophone 2 (Westmont High School)
Rebekah Davis – baritone saxophone (Independence High School)
Enzo Filangeri – trumpet (Lincoln High School)
Ryan Kang – trumpet (Leland High School)
Dorian Lemarchand – trumpet (Stanford Online)
Carson Trail – trumpet (Mountain View High School)
Brian Belluscio – trombone (Leland High School)
Rachel Davis – trombone (Independence High School)
Josiah Castellano – bass trombone (Overfelt High School)
Sophia Stroud – vocals, drums (alternate) (Burlingame High School)
Auston Baker – saxophone (alternate) (Independence High School)
Felipe Feldman – saxophone (alternate) (Easterbrook Discovery 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.