AMP’s Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra won the High School Conglomerate Big Band Division at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival.

AMP’s Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra won the High School Conglomerate Big Band Division at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival.   (photo courtesy of Donna Wax.)
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Congratulations to the band and to band director Dr. Thara Memory for this major accomplishment! As a result, they will be playing in the Monterey Jazz Festival in September!

Finnegan Jones, bass

[singlepic id=107 w=185 float=left]Finnegan Jones, a sophomore at Grant High School, has played upright bass since the fall of 2012 and joined the American Music Program’s Pacific Crest Orchestra during the fall of 2015. For the past two years he has been playing upright bass in a combo under the instruction of Derek Sims at…

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Spencer Ebert, saxophone

Spencer is a junior at Grant High School, and plays tenor and soprano saxophone in the American Music Program’s Pacific Crest Orchestra, which he joined in summer 2015. He is also enrolled in advanced ensemble at the Alan Jones Academy of Music, and was previously a member of the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra. He studies…

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Ainslie Cromar, trombone

Ainslie is a sophomore at Battle Ground High School in Battle Ground, WA, where she currently plays in the Advanced Jazz Band and has played with the wind ensemble. She began playing trombone when she attended middle school at Tukes Valley Middle School in Battle Ground. During her 8th grade year at Tukes Valley, Ainslie…

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