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. The first known director of the band was John Fitzpatrick who led the band from its beginning until December of 1972. John was an excellent clarinetist and saxophonist and organized some very fine jazz bands. He also hosted some 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 also 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 was headed by well-known composer/arranger Dave Barduhn whose groups made some of the first recordings of the CBC jazz band. Dave also took over the running of the jazz festival. In the fall of 1986, Mel Clayton filled Barduhn’s shoes for a year directing the jazz band and running the festival. Since the fall of 1987, Randy Hubbs has been the director. Under his direction, the band maintains an active performing, touring, and recording schedule. 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. Recently, the group had the honor of being invited to perform at the University of North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison TX.
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