On October 12th, Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis returns to Portland for one night only! It’s impossible to say enough about this extraordinary musician and this magnificent orchestra. Suffice it to say, this will be an evening of jazz played by the very best. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The students of the American Music Program have…Details
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.)
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!
“ALL THE WAY TO MONTEREY” THARA MEMORY’S AMERICAN MUSIC PROGRAM JAZZ ORCHESTRA & COMBO, FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST, TENOR SAX STAR DEVIN PHILLIPS. Talent overflows the stage in this special concert! First, swing with the AMP Jazz Combo – the group chosen to play the world famous Monterey Jazz Festival last fall. Then, be astounded by…Details
[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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
Riley is a junior at Battle Ground High School in Battle Ground, WA, and plays trombone in the American Music Program’s Pacific Crest Orchestra. He has played with AMP since early 2015.