Buchser Jazz Band
The Award-Winning Buchser Jazz Band comprises 35 students in the 6th, 7th, & 8th grade who study music under their director and music teacher, Mr. David Ladd Anderson, (Mr. A) at Buchser Middle School in Santa Clara, California. The band has continuously received the highest marks at every Jazz Festival that they have entered in the past 20 years. The Buchser Jazz Band performs Big Band Jazz, Blues, Pop, Swing, and Latin-Jazz music at a very high level. More than 100 of the band's alumni are studying music, teaching music, and playing music as professionals. Buchser Alumni are playing in the "Tonight Show Band," Smokey Robinson's Band, Carlos Santana's Band, and many college, high school, and professional bands and combos around the country. For more information on the Buchser Jazz Band, click here.
Kuumba African Drum and Dance Ensemble
"Kuumba" is the Swahili word for "creativity." Formed in the 1970s, Kuumba African Drum and Dance Ensemble is Stanford's oldest performance group, and the only on-campus group of its kind. They weave together traditional west-African style drumming and dancing with modern styles from across the African diaspora in order to bring together a dynamic and culturally rich performance.
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Lynbrook High Jazz Choir
The Lynbrook Jazz Choir is the top, auditioned choir in a very successful and active choral music program at Lynbrook High School in San Jose. Members of the choir also perform with the award-winning Lynbrook Concert Choir. The have performed in community and at festivals throughout the bay area and on tours for 40 years. Besides a very successful Performing Arts program, US News ranked Lynbrook High as the 22nd best school in California and 128th in the country.
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Peninsula Youth Theatre
Founded in 1992, PYT’s mission is to provide outstanding theatrical learning experiences that develop leadership, emphasize responsibility and foster teamwork in a supportive, respectful environment. Our emphasis on professional production values helps children develop a deep appreciation for the theatrical arts. Our unique family atmosphere and policy of full participation for all skill levels allows children to develop a strong sense of self-esteem and an appreciation for artistic expression, and vital communication skills that are useful in all walks of life. PYT is committed to providing an enriching theatrical experience within our community and schools to demonstrate and reinforce the positive role the arts play in academic success.
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Pioneer High Jazz Band
The Pioneer Jazz Band is an auditioned group of advanced high school musicians which performs extensively in school and community events as well as for hire events. Our student musicians study and perform a variety of styles across the jazz idiom from big band swing to latin, funk, rock and more. We are excited to perform for the Joint Venture conference again this year.
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Santa Teresa Jazz Band
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About the Conference
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