Esperanza jazz ensemble a finalist in prestigious Mingus music competition

Band Director Bradley Davis and the Esperanza High School Jazz I Ensemble have been selected as a finalist in the “Big Band” category as part of the Charles Mingus Institute High School Competition.

The festival weekend will take place from Friday, Feb. 12, through Monday, Feb. 15, in New York City. Entries to this year’s competition include bands from all over the nation. The festival will include events produced by both the Manhattan School of Music and Let My Children Hear Music.

On Saturday, a full day of clinics and workshops at the Manhattan School of Music will feature master classes for instruments and sections, lectures, films, and clinics that explore aspects of Mingus music, followed by a student Mingus jam. Prominent educators and musicians will participate in the clinics and adjudicate the competition on Sunday. The Mingus Big Band will perform all weekend at Jazz Standard. On Sunday night, “outstanding soloists” from the competition will have an opportunity to sit in with the band.

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