Newbury Park High School Panther Band hosts its 9th Annual Newbury Park Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 11, 2017, starting at 9:00am. The Festival is a regional competition gathering middle and high school bands together from all over the southland, allowing them to showcase their talent. It is also a unique opportunity for jazz enthusiasts in the community and surrounding areas to enjoy world-class musicians as they play at an affordable local venue.
This year the school is proud to announce two headliner concert events that will both take place in the NPHS Performing Arts Center at 456 Reino Rd., Newbury Park. The first concert will start at noon featuring internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator Steve Houghton who will perform with the Cal State Northridge Jazz “A” Band. Steve initially received acclaim at age twenty as the drummer with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. Since then he has shared stage and studio with such luminaries as Freddie Hubbard, Rufus Reid, Gary Burton, Joe Henderson, and many others. As an author, Houghton’s publications boast more than thirty educational books, videos and DVDs and he is in constant demand as a guest artist, clinician, and educator.
Then Saturday evening at 6:30pm, Gordon Goodwin will close the festival with a special performance of the LA College of Music Big Band under the direction of Willie Murrillo. Having amassed 21 Grammy nominations, four statues and three Emmy wins, Gordon Goodwin is the most decorated big band leaders in the 21st century. He is leader of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, an internationally known ensemble with a reputation as one of the most exciting large ensembles in jazz. He has written and worked with artists like Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Johnny Mathis, John Williams, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, and Quincy Jones, to name a few. In addition to being an accomplished composer and performer, he is also one of the most influential and in-demand jazz educators in America.
For the low price of $10, attendees will receive an All Access Pass for the entire festival. This includes access to clinics, competitions, both concerts, and a wealth of tempting cessions. Watch as students in big bands and combos perform and receive feedback as well as individualized post-performance clinics. All proceeds support the NPHS Instrumental Music Department.