Special to valcomnews.com
“Spaghett!” a jazz combo comprised of Rio Americano High School students Zachary Darf, Zach Giberson, Victor San Pedro, Nathan Swedlow, Jarrett Tracy, and David Williams was selected in early January to participate in the Charles Mingus High School Competition and weekend festival at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City February 12 – 15, 2010.
Sponsored by Let my Children Hear Music/The Charles Mingus Institute, a New York City-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to expanding and promoting the legacy of Charles Mingus, the festival will include master classes, clinics, lectures, and concerts in connection with Mingus music.
The event will culminate in a “battle of bands” between twelve top big bands and combos from around the country. In the Regular Combo Category, the Rio group is one of only three combos selected nationwide, and one of the first groups ever selected to participate from outside of the New York Tri-State area.
For more information on the Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival, visit www.mingusmingusmingus.com/jazzeducation.
The Rio Americano High School band program, under the combined direction of Josh Murray and Kiesner, provides high quality music education to over 180 students in four levels of concert band and three jazz ensembles. Rio Americano High School bands have toured in Australia, Europe, Japan and China and won national recognition at such prestigious events as the Essentially Ellington and Monterey Jazz Festivals. Plans are currently underway for a summer 2010 performance tour of Argentina.
For additional information on the Rio Americano High School band program, visit www.rioband.net or contact Josh Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-971-7512).