The CBC Jazz Ensemble audition packet is now available online. Please click the links below to view details about the group and the specific audition requirements. Any CBC student who plays a standard jazz ensemble instrument may audition.
The CBC Jazz Ensemble has been in existence for over 40 years. John Fitzpatrick, an excellent clarinetist and saxophonist, was the first director of the band. He organized some very fine jazz bands, hosted jazz workshops, and brought in guest jazz groups and artists such as Cannonball Adderly. In 1973, Don Paul took the job after Fitz’s untimely death. Don continued the jazz program and brought the Jazz Unlimited festival to CBC. For a while, the music program fielded a big jazz band plus smaller jazz combos of various instrumentations. The band twice attended the festival at Orange Coast College in California and took yearly tours of the Northwest. From 1983-1986, the jazz band and Jazz Unlimited festival was headed by well-known composer/arranger Dave Barduhn, whose groups made some of the first recordings of the CBC jazz band. In the fall of 1986, Mel Clayton filled Barduhn’s shoes for a year, directing the jazz band and running the festival. In 1987, Randy Hubbs became the director. Under his direction, the band maintained an active performing, touring, and recording schedule. Recently, the group had the honor of being invited to perform at the University of North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison, TX.
Russ Newbury is currently the director of the Jazz Ensemble and concert band at Columbia Basin College. Russ continues to serve as the Visual and Performing Arts director for the Pasco school District. Russ has served as the Director of bands at the award-winning Bozeman High School in Bozeman Montana and Pasco High School in Pasco Washington. Russ's groups have reached aclaim in Regional and National competitions and festivals. Russ is looking forward to fronting the CBC bands this fall. Russ attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings Montana a master's degree in music performance from Eastern New Mexico University and has done doctoral work at the University of Washington specializing in instrumental conducting. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Russ will be joined by Dr. Collin Wilson, CBC's new one-year temporary music faculty, in shared teaching responsibilities with the CBC Jazz Ensemble.
The CBC Jazz Ensemble’s most recent CD, “Intersecting Lines” is available for purchase at the festival sales table along with earlier CD’s "Breakthrough", “Eastside Story”, “Two Weeks Notice” and “Fun Time".
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