2018 Jazz Band of America
2018 Jazz Band of America

2018 Jazz Band of America

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 13-16, 2018

The Jazz Band of America features members selected by recorded audition from music programs across the nation. The 2018 Jazz Band of America members first came together Wednesday morning for three days of rehearsals before tonight’s concert. The Jazz Band of America members represent the best high school jazz musicians in America.

Rupert JeffJeff Rupert
2018 Conductor
Director of Jazz Studies, University of Central Florida
Yamaha Performing Artist

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is a Yamaha performing artist. Performing and recording credits include associations with Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, and Benny Carter’s Grammy winning “Harlem Renaissance.”
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Sean Jones
Guest Artist, Trumpet

Music and spirituality have always been fully intertwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter, composer, educator, and activist Sean Jones. Singing and performing as a child with the church choir in his hometown of Warren, OH, Jones switched from the drums to the trumpet upon his first exposure to Miles Davis at the age of 10 and found further influence upon his discovery of the immortal visionary John Coltrane when he was a 19-yearold classical trumpet performance major at Youngstown State University.
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Concert Program Selections

Musical program to be selected from:

The Serpents Tooth .....................................David Milazzo, Saxophone, Vandoren Emerging Artist Winner
Bad Moon ............................................................................................................Jeff Rupert
B.M.O.C. ..............................................................................................................Jeff Rupert
Cuban Fantasy ...................................................................................Ray Bryant/arr. Jeff Rupert
Bad Moon ...........................................................................................................Jeff Rupert
The Eternal Triangle ......................................................................................Edward "Sonny" Stitt
Move, Move, Move .............................................................................Alan Hawkshaw/arr. Jeff Rupert
Smoke Gets in your Eyes .................................... Jerome Kern & Otto Harbach/arr. Michael Phillip Mossman
Spiderman Theme ....................................................................Paul Francis & Bob Harris/arr. Jeff Rupert
The New Creole Love Call ........................................................................................Jeff Rupert
The One For You ................................................................................................ Harry Allen

2018 Jazz Band Members

Ensemble members listed alphabetically.

Alto Saxophone
Aaron Kaufman-Levine – Oak Park River Forest H.S., IL
Ian Munoz – New World School of the Arts, FL

Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Aviles – The Osceola County School for the Arts, FL
Evan Kappelman – Olathe East H.S., KS

Baritone Saxophone
Noah Barrios – Dr. Phillips H.S., FL

Trumpet
Sam Butler – Fairhope H.S., AL
Summer Camargo – Dillard H.S., FL
Stephane Clement – New World School of the Arts, FL
Jonathan Shillingford – New World School of the Arts, FL
Luca Stine – Florida Virtual School, FL

Trombone
Spencer Banister – Papillion La Vista South H.S., NE
Robert Jones – Belmont H.S., MA
Mick Pepper – Tavares H.S., FL
Jack Trathen – Raleigh Charter H.S., NC

Bass Trombone
Joseph Turgeon – Jesuit H.S., CA

Bass
Calvin Gay – New World School of the Arts, FL

Guitar
Aidan Murrow – Christian Brothers College H.S., MO

Piano
Jason Picker – Canyon Crest Academy, CA

Drumset
Austin Kim – Los Angeles County H.S. for the Arts, CA

Vandoren Emerging Artist, Guest Soloist
David Milazzo, Saxophone

Past Jazz Band of America Members

 Conductor and Guest Artist Biographies

Rupert Jeff

Jeff Rupert
2018 Conductor
Director of Jazz Studies, University of Central Florida

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is a Yamaha performing artist. Performing and recording credits include associations with Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, and Benny Carter’s Grammy winning “Harlem Renaissance.” Jeff Rupert toured for 15 years with Sam Rivers; four albums ensued, and from 1997- 2002 he toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson.

Jeff Rupert’s six recordings as a leader all charted on Jazz Week. Do That Again! was #39 out of the top 100 jazz albums of 2014, and “En Plein Air: The Jazz Professors Play Monet” charted on Jazz Week to #29. Performance venues include the Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Tokyo Forum, the National concert hall of Taipei, Taiwan, and jazz festivals in Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

Rupert’s latest release “Let’s Sail Away” with Veronica Swift, Richard Drexler and Marty Morell was #1 on the jazz charts. As a composer and arranger, Rupert has written for Bob Berg, James Moody, Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Drew Jr., Kevin Mahogany, and Judy Carmichael. Rupert has produced four big band albums for the Flying Horse Big Band, all featuring original compositions and arrangements. Jeff Rupert is Pegasus Professor, Trustee Endowed Chair, and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF), and founder of Flying Horse Records.

Sean Jones
Guest Artist, Trumpet

Music and spirituality have always been fully intertwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter, composer, educator, and activist Sean Jones. Singing and performing as a child with the church choir in his hometown of Warren, OH, Jones switched from the drums to the trumpet upon his first exposure to Miles Davis at the age of 10 and found further influence upon his discovery of the immortal visionary John Coltrane when he was a 19-yearold classical trumpet performance major at Youngstown State University.

After receiving his Master’s Degree, also in classical trumpet performance from Rutgers University, Jones had a six-month stint with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. This marked the beginning of a relationship with Wynton Marsalis, who offered Jones a permanent position as lead trumpeter, and Jones remained there until 2010. A highly respected and in-demand musician, Jones was prominently featured with a number of artists, recording and/or performing with major figures including Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Wilson, and Marcus Miller. The relationship with Miller led to Jones being selected for the Tribute to Miles tour in 2011 with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.

The trust and support of those giants led Jones to a decision to focus on performing with his own ensembles, and to begin his longtime relationship with Mack Avenue Records, for whom he has released eight albums. Heavily involved in education, Jones serves as the Berklee College of Music’s Chair of the Brass Department. Jones is current Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco Performances and is a member of The SFJAZZ Collective.

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