Jazz Ensemble

Tarpon Springs High School Jazz Band

The Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble is one of five nationally accomplished performance ensembles within the Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts. What started out as an after-school program, 25 years ago, has developed into a daily in-school curricular performance ensemble and combo that performs over 20 times a year. This ensemble has developed a rich tradition of excellence in performing and studying all styles within the jazz genre. The Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble and Combos have had award-winning performances at local, state, and national festivals throughout the country. They have been invited twice to the North Texas Jazz Festival, six times to the Savannah Music Festival’s Swing Central Jazz Competition, the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival, Essentially Ellington Regionals, and THE 2019 Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival in NYC. Additionally, the Conservatory has hosted Guest Residences and Clinics annually. Past artists have included Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Printup, Scotty Barnhart, Bob Reynolds, and Terrell Stafford. In 2018, the Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble was a winner of the Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Award for “Outstanding Performance” in the category of Large Jazz Ensemble -High School.

 Essentially Ellington 2020: TSLCA Jazz Ensemble

VIRTUAL BIG BAND – Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble – Jump for Joy


Tarpon Springs High School Jazz Band Guest Artist Marcus Printup

w/Guest Artist Marcus Printup


Tarpon Springs High School Jazz Band Guest Artist Wycliffe Gordon

with Guest Artist Wycliffe Gordon

Accomplishments:
2015 Top 3 out of 12 High Schools selected nationally at the Savannah Music Festival’s “Swing Central Jazz Competition”
2015 Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival
2014 Guest Artist Concert with Wycliffe Gordon and Scotty Barnhart
2013 Top 3 out of 12 High Schools selected nationally at the Savannah Music Festival’s “Swing Central Jazz Competition”
2012 Guest Artist Concert with Marcus Printup
2010 Mark of Excellence – National Award Winner – National Jazz Honors Project – Foundation for Music Education
2009 & 2010 Selected to perform at Swing Central Jazz Competition in Savannah, Georgia
2002, 2005, 2009, Lakeside Jazz Festival Grand Champion
2007 & 2008 North Texas Jazz Festival
2007-2014 Opening Performance at the Suncoast Jazz Classic
FBA District Jazz Festival – Straight Superior Ratings for 20 consecutive years
FBA State Jazz Festival – Straight Superior Ratings every year attended

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