Gold Country Jazz Festival

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5th Annual Gold Country Jazz Festival

Hosted by Ponderosa High School

Friday April 13th & Saturday April 14th, 2018


( Includes Friday& Saturday)

Adults: $7

Students (Age 7-18):$1

Children (6 & Under): FREE

Ponderosa High School

Shingle Springs, CA

The GCJF will be hosted by the Ponderosa High School Band Program. The purpose of the GCJF is to encourage the growth of jazz education in area music programs. The festival is non-competitive with participating groups receiving written and recorded feedback from top jazz educators, as well as an onstage clinic where parents get to hear the feedback and be involved in the learning process. Past judges include Dr. Steve Roach, Brad North, John Zimny, Dr. Dyne Eifertsen, Dr. Samuel Griffith, Joe Mazzaferro and Steve Lishman. Each performing group will also receive a custom engraved trophy with their ensemble name and rating. The festival will culminate in an awards ceremony and performance by our guest ensemble. In the past we have had performances by the Sacramento State Jazz Ensemble, the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, Hot Club Faux Gitane, and The Commanders Jazz Ensemble from the US Air Force Band of the Golden West.

Come Join the Fun and Enjoy the Music!

2018 Festival Application Here

2018 Guest Ensembles
Saturday Evening Concert

The Commanders

USAF Band of the Golden West

Saturday Lunch Concert

The Fred Morgan Big Band

2018 Adjudicators & Clinicians:

Dr. Dyne Eifertsen- American River College
Dr. Clay Redfield- Sacramento State University
James Slattery- El Dorado Jazz Collective
Molly Redfield- GA University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2017 Participating Schools

El Dorado HS~Placerville, CA

Oak Ridge HS~El Dorado Hills, CA

Pioneer HS~Woodland, CA

Ponderosa HS~Shingle Springs, CA

Union Mine HS~El Dorado, CA

Camerado Springs MS~Cameron Park, CA

Cavitt Jr. High~Granite Bay, CA

Gold Trail Elementary~Placerville, CA

Joseph Kerr MS~Elk Grove, CA

Marina Village MS~Rescue, CA

Mountain Creek MS~Somerset, CA

Olympus Jr. High~Roseville, CA

Pleasant Grove MS~Rescue, CA

Sierra Ridge MS~Rescue, CA

Silverado MS~Roseville, CA

Spring View MS~Rocklin, CA