2020 Next Generation Jazz Festival Results

Thank you all for joining us for the celebration of the 50th Next Generation Jazz Festival and the first ever Virtual Next Generation Jazz Festival. We couldn’t have done it without your support and flexibility. We look forward to having you join us for the 51st Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey next spring.

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High School Big Band Division

First Place
Folsom High School Big Band*
Folsom, Calif.
Curtis Gaesser, director
Last MJF Appearance: 2017

Second Place
Rio Americano High School AM Jazz Ensemble* 
Sacramento, Calif.
Josh Murray, director
Last MJF Appearance: 2019

Third Place:
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Big Band*
Las Vegas, Nev.
Patrick Bowen, director
Last MJF Appearance: 2016

High School Combo Division

First Place
Rio Americano High School Mingusauras*
Sacramento, Calif.
Josh Murray, director
MJF Debut

Second Place
Crossroads School Jazz "A" Band
Santa Monica, Calif.
Evan Avery, director

Third Place:
Los Alamitos High School Combo A
Los Alamitos, Calif.
Justin Padilla, director

High School Vocal Ensemble Division

First Place
Folsom High School Jazz Choir*
Folsom, Calif.
Curtis Gaesser, director
Last MJF Appearance: 2019

Second Place
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Vocal Jazz Ensemble*
Los Angeles, Calif.
Pat Bass, director
Last MJF Appearance: 2017

Third Place
Valencia High School Two N’ Four
Valencia, Calif.
Christine Tavares-Mocha, director

College Big Band Division

(in alphabetical order)

University of Illinois Jazz Trombone Ensemble*
Urbana, Ill.
Jim Pugh, director
MJF Debut

University of Nevada, Las Vegas Jazz Ensemble I*
Las Vegas, Nev.
Dave Loeb, director
Last MJF Appearance: 2017

University of Southern California Thornton Jazz Orchestra*
Los Angeles, Calif.
Bob Mintzer, director
Last MJF Appearance: 2013

College Combo Division

(in alphabetical order)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas Honors Trio*
Las Vegas, Nev.
Dave Loeb, director
Last MJF Appearance: 2018

University of Southern California Thornton Jazz Composers Collective*
Los Angeles, Calif.
Vince Mendoza, director
Last MJF Appearance: 2017

College Vocal Ensemble Division

(in alphabetical order)

Bellevue College Jazz Singers*
Bellevue, Wash.
Thomas Almi, director
MJF Debut

Mt. San Antonio College Singcopation*
Walnut, Calif.
Bruce Rogers, director
Last MJF Appearance: 2013

Conglomerate High School Big Band Division

(in alphabetical order)

Colburn Jazz Workshop Big Band*
Los Angeles, Calif.
Lee Secard, director
MJF Debut

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars*
San Francisco, Calif.
Paul Contos, director
4-peat, 7th appearance at MJF since 2013

Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Big Band*
Tucson, Ariz.
John Black, director
Last MJF Appearance: 2012

Conglomerate High School Combo Division

(in alphabetical order)

Colburn Jazz Workshop Thursday Night Band*
Los Angeles, Calif.
Lee Secard, director
Last MJF Appearance: 2018

Young Lions Conservatory New Soil Combo*
San Diego, Calif.
Gilbert Castellanos, director
MJF Debut

*Performing at the 63rd Monterey Jazz Festival, September 25-27, 2020