Thursday, August 25, 2011

Santa Monica High School's jazz band

All that jazz has been emanating from talented Santa Monica High School musicians in the jazz band since 1920. The first jazz band was composed of Harry Howe on violin; Walter Maas on banjo; Ardell Hill on saxaphone and Helen Dresher on Piano, all pictured above. On March 5, 2011, the Samohi Jazz big band and combo, directed by Tom Whaley, competed in the 43rd Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival and placed first in Division 1 - Big Band and Division 1 - Jazz Combo. The Samohi Jazz Band Combo performed at the Main Library on June 25, 2011.