Jammies Evening of Classical Music
Folsom High School Jazz Band and Jazz Choir
Folsom High School is home to one of the most successful jazz programs in the United States. The Jazz Band and Jazz Choir compete in some of the biggest jazz festivals and competitions in the country each year and have received numerous awards and accolades. They have toured Europe three times in the past eight years, performing at several jazz festivals, including performances at the world renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy. Directed by Curtis Gaesser.
Folsom Jazz Band—alto saxophone: Alec Liou, Andrew Page; tenor saxophone: David Graves, Bryan VanPelt; bari saxophone: K.C. Boyce; trumpet: Philip Chen, Dennis Martz, Mitchell Morrey, Sean Weiss; trombone: Karli Haugen, Christopher Page, Anthony Teresi, Jonathan Zimny; flute: Brenna Castro; rhythm section: Jeff Carter, guitar; Cameron Covello, bass; Yang Lu, piano; drums: John Witt.
Folsom Jazz Choir—Jenna Bailey, K.C. Boyce, Karen Cacho, Jennifer Gibson, Joe Gudino, Britanie Kersey, Karen Kuhn, Allexa Lopez, Carmon Reynolds, Tyler Robinson, Rebecca Scolnick.
Sutter Middle School Orchestra
Sutter Middle School offers two levels of orchestra taught by Margy Moon, three levels of band taught by John Zimny—who also leads the award-winning jazz band—and Don Wersky and two levels of choir taught by Ginger Ekroth-Saxon. Sutter Middle School Advanced Orchestra consistently earns “superior” ratings at Golden Empire Festival and Music in the Parks festivals. The orchestra has been selected for the California Association for Music Education state conference this year. Moon was selected as the 2007 Music Educator of the Year for the CMEA Capital Section. Directed by Margy Moon.
Principals, first violin: Jennifer Dan, Lauren Schultz; first violin: Alexandra Bouchard, Cecilia Chan, Rachel Cheung, Allison Hart, Sandhya Jetty, Karly Ko, Vivian Lam, Julie Lim, Pawan Mannava, Shirley May, Sydnee Mizuno, Wendy Shen, Natalie Smith, Akanksha Trivedi, Stephanie Udawatta, Aravind Vadali, Sruti Venkata; principals, second violin: Ankhit Pandurangi, Akshaya Subramanian; second violin: Carolina Acosta Dorado, Wisam Alhamad, Daphne Andrews, Dasha Bespalova, Zachary Bodnar, Kyle Boffi, Angelica Chow, Rohan Deshpande, Kathleen Dowd, Sneha Gaddam, Arjit Goel, AnneMarie Lautaret, Hannah Maccoux, Aimee Miller, Melissa Warner, Katelyn Whitney, Rebecca Wright, Eva Wu; principals, viola: Jennifer Bullen, Melissa Regalia; viola: John Fanning, Richard Johnson, Christine Liu, Andrea Martinez, Elise Newton, Carson Ropp, Elizabeth Ruffino, Austin Serrano, Timothy Yang, Absalom Yemane; principal, cello: Natalie Cottle; cello: Celine Barrica, Allyson Bock, William Duggan, Katerina Gregoriou, Camryn Miller, Ethan Pipion, Michelle Peck, Celeste Tauchar, Emily Winter; principal, string bass: Trevor London; string bass: David Dorris, Anthony Troja.
Elk Grove High School Winter Percussion and Winter Guard
These ensembles are made up of students from the Elk Grove High School Music Department’s Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. Their mission is to express music through movement and the dynamics of the music, combining music and motion with the elements of marching. The EGHS Winter Percussion and Winter Guard is an award-winning program and competes in the Northern California Band Association, where they have taken outstanding and superior ratings under the tutelage of music director Mario Hufana Sebastian.
Pit: Alison Beskeen, Mindy Chen, Samantha Cowdin, Nicole Crane, Amy Ferroratti, Samantha Markham, Travis Ohr, Jade Saldivar, Rae Sandler, Alie Schottle, Mackenzie Wall; Battery: Basses: Austin Fox, Ryan Ham, Annie Levan, Kevin Sepula, Melissa Slabaugh; Tenors: Nick Crane, Fernando Oliva; Snares: Ryan Ham, Heidi Kim, Colton Short, Cameron Womack; Cymbals: Kelsey Gilles, Jenean McGee, Kaitlyn Roblyer, Spencer Seegmiller, Wisely Tran; Color Guard: Kirstyn Anderson, Carrie Getz, Diana Godinez, Christina Young, Katherine Young.
Christian Brothers High School Honors Chorale
With its seven ensembles and more than 50 performances each school year, the Christian Brothers High School Choral Program is one of the most active in Sacramento. In recent years, the choral department performed at the inauguration ceremony for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and at the 2005 and 2006 SN&R Jammies; they were selected to perform at the 2006 California Association for Music Education state convention, and, in that same year, had the opportunity to delight audiences in France and Belgium. This summer they plan to perform in Orlando, Fla., at Universal Studios. Directed by Ron Slabbinck.
Soprano: Gabriella Castaneda, Morgan Dahl, Mary Dundon, Cydne Hirstein, Jessica Masuhara, Priscilla Murphy, Jaclyn Ruiz, Amanda Turpin, Mia Watts, Amanda Zeboski; alto: Haley Cavanaugh, Amanda Hahn, Mariah Jones, Rachael Malinowski, Cecilia Ross, Alicia Schaefer, Lauren Sparre, Briana Wilborn, Rebecca Wolfing; tenor: Evan Lian, James McMillan, Mitch Owens, Mark Rossow, Anthony Tavianini, Spencer Tierney, Travis Whitted; bass: Chris Capron, Peter Kassel, Donald McFadden, Robert Meyer, Kevin O’Connor, John Werry.
Classical guitarist Ray Zhou began his music studies at the age of 9, shortly after he moved to the United States from China. Last year, the versatile guitarist—his influences vary from Andrés Segovia and Al Di Meola to Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen—played in the Jammies Contemporary showcase, but this year, Ray will show off his classical skills. Ray is currently a music major at American River College and looking to transfer to a program at University of Southern California or the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He also teaches students at Roseville Guitar Works.
The violinist is currently in his sophomore year at Mira Loma High School and holds the third chair in the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s first violin section. Drew started playing piano in kindergarten, but had little interest in the instrument and admittedly little inclination to practice. He moved on to the violin in the second grade, gaining a seat in the SYS Junior Orchestra just three years later. In 2005, Drew served as concert master for the Sierra Mountain Music Camp’s Advanced Orchestra.
Amber Brent and Ellen Presley
The judges refused to exclude either one of these two extraordinarly talented young mezzo-sopranos, so a duet seemed a worthy compromise. Both Amber and Ellen fell in love with opera performance at a young age, and both plan to continue their studies and pursue professional singing careers. Amber is currently in the 10th grade at Granite Bay High School, and Ellen is studying voice at CSUS.
Ray Anthony Trujillo
An admirer of legendary violinists Isaac Stern, Regina Carter, Joshua Bell and Itzhak Perlman, Ray Anthony admits that his biggest musical inspiration is his father. Owners of a music store, his parents taught him early on to appreciate the gift of music, placing his hands on the piano keyboard from the time was 3-days-old. At 3 years, he took up the violin, and the dedicated musician now enjoys performing the works of Bach, Bruch, Mozart, Haydn and Sibelius.