West Ranch High School presents Super Jazz at the Ranch, tomorrow, May 19 starting at 9 am and culminating with an awards ceremony at 7:15 pm. The community is welcome and all day general admission is $10. Students and seniors are $7.
Jazz bands from across the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas will converge at West Ranch High School for what promises to be an outstanding day of jazz. Top adjudicators that include active professional musicians, and notable jazz educators, will be on hand to evaluate jazz ensembles from the Hart District, and other schools from around Southern California.
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Super Jazz at the Ranch is an annual jazz festival, created by noted music educator, Bob Babko, to bring professional and student musicians together. At the All State Music Education Conference, held earlier this year in Fresno, Babko was inducted into the California Alliance for Jazz Hall of Fame, in recognition of his dedication to music education. Establishing the Super Jazz music festival over a decade ago, was just one of his many endeavors to provide local jazz students with extraordinary opportunities to perform and learn.
Performances will run throughout the day in the WRHS Theater, Library, and outdoor Amphitheater, culminating with an awards ceremony at 7:15 p.m. In addition to the competition, there will be special guest appearances and clinics.
Highlights of the festival include:
10:30-noon Jerry Steinholtz and the CSUN Latin Jazz Ensemble Clinic and Performance
Noon-1:00pm Golden Oak Jazz Band, under the direction of Bob Babko
2:00-3:00pm 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Jazz Combo
3:00-3:30pm Hart District All-Star Band, under the direction of Matt Harris
3:30-4:30pm Featured guest artist, Andy Martin, L.A.’s first call trombonist and lead trombone player with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, will lead a trombone clinic
6:30pm Guest artist, Andy Martin with the WR Studio A Jazz Band
For additional information, contact Brian Leff, Director of Jazz Studies, West Ranch High School, at firstname.lastname@example.org .