Celebrating 22 Years of
Big Band Jazz
The EEU Signature Concert experience features the talented students of Esperanza and Bernardo Yorba Middle School in collaboration with our guest artist.
2022 Big Band Blowout Concert
Thursday, May 26th at 7pm
Performing Arts Center
Our Guest Artist
Our 2022 guest artist is Vincent Gardner, Lead Trombonist of Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. As an accomplished bandleader, musician and composer, Gardner has released four albums with SteepleChase label. His compositions spotlight trombone to refresh jazz standards and originals are described as both beautiful and expressive.
Mr. Gardner performs with his own groups, with his brother’s group, Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets and has worked with diverse ensembles such as, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Nancy Wilson, McCoy Tyner, Bobby McFerrin, Harry Connick, Jr., Nicholas Payton, Matchbox 20, the Grammy-winning, Miseducation of Lauryn Hill tour and even the Saturday Night Live Band, among many others.
From a musical family in which both his parents are music educators, and his father, Burgess Gardner, a trumpeter, played with the likes of Ray Charles & Count Basie, Mr. Gardner is also the Director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra. More about Vincent Gardener – http://www.vincentgardner.com/
Esperanza & Bernardo Yorba Jazz Bands
Sneak Peak Esperanza’s 2022 Recordings LISTEN HERE – Esperanza has three high performing and exciting big bands, with all bands scoring and placing near the top in annual competitions and festivals. With entertaining and powerful performances, Esperanza Jazz I Band has played at such prestigious events as the Essentially Ellington Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, Charles Mingus High School Competition at Manhattan School of Music in New York City, Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, and Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, CA!
Bernardo Yorba Jazz Band – BYMS hard working jazz students rehearse and audition for a spot in this group and meet during zero period! In addition to our annual Big Band Blowout concert, Bernardo Yorba Jazz Band performs at Jazz Festivals, including the Aztec Jazz Festival this season, as well as, Knott’s Berry Farm & Disneyland.
PYLUSD Performing Arts Center – We are proud to invite you to the Performing Arts Center for our concert. A beautiful and professional theater venue seats over 600 and hosts student performance groups, as well as numerous outside production companies. The PAC is located at: 1651 N. Valencia Ave in Placentia.