Monterey Jazz Festival Regional All-Star Band

In our ongoing support of music education in schools, Monterey Jazz Festival is excited to announce the return of the MJF Regional All-Star Band and Vocal Ensemble, as well as the Regional All-Star Middle School Combo in a new partnership with York School in Monterey. In the 2022-23 school year, students will have the benefit of working with some of the county’s best jazz educators. All-Star Band and Vocal Ensemble students who satisfy a set of requirements established by MJF Education department will receive a Certificate of Excellence in Professional Musicianship.

Each all-star ensemble, featuring talented students from across Monterey County, rehearses twice monthly while working on ensemble skills including phrasing, blending, improvisation, and rhythmic feel. The bands perform across Monterey County and far beyond, testing their chops on the bandstand while bringing great jazz music to the community. The ensembles have performed across North America at jazz festivals and venues including the Kennedy Center, the National Archives, and Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle.

Please contact Claire Kim-Shin, Education Specialist at or 831.373.8842 if you have any questions.


Monterey Jazz Festival Regional All-Star Band 2022-2023

Director: Stu Reynolds


Andrew Murray, alto saxophone
Conor O’Brien, alto saxophone
Tatum Sanders, tenor saxophone
Robert Gomez, tenor saxophone
Samantha Barragan, baritone saxophone


Alexis Rodas-Mendoza
Jose Romero
Kai Bishop
David Oliver


Johnny Klevan
William Coen
Kai Hatton
Bryan Kim

Rhythm Section

Jack Uchida-Dohrmann, piano
Grace Wang, piano
Tanner Downing-McAdams, guitar
Tommy Ducker, bass
Daphne DeCarlo, bass
Carl Nielsen, drums
Christopher Platt, drums


Upcoming Concerts:

April 2023: Date TBD, Loren Schoenberg “Bach is the First Jazz Musician” event at CSUMB/World Theater, Seaside
May 11, 2023: Corral de Tierra Rotary Club Benefit Concert, Salinas
June 29, 2023: Community Concert at MJF Summer Jazz Camp at Stevenson School, Pebble Beach
July, 2023: Date TBD, Jazz on the Plazz, Los Gatos
August, 2023: Date TBD, San Jose Jazz Fest, San Jose
August 2023: Date TBD, Jazz at Rancho Cielo, Salinas
August 2023: Date TBD, Salinas Wine and Food Festival, Salinas
September 22-24, 2023: 66th Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey