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Big Band Blowout

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.

Vincent Gardner
2022 Big Band Blowout Concert
Thursday, May 26th at 7pm
Performing Arts Center
Placentia, CA

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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 –

Esperanza & Bernardo Yorba Jazz Bands

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! Sneak Peak this group’s 2022 Recordings LISTEN HERE

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.

Our Performing Arts Center, The PAC

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.

Big Band Blowout Concert Programs

This 20 year tradition is one of our biggest fundraisers and its success depends on you!

Each year, local businesses participate in our signature Jazz Concert Experience by purchasing advertising space in our Big Band Blowout Program. EEU offers a vibrant community of more than 300 members and all EEU members proudly support program partners who support the EEU. Consider that Big Band Blowout Program Ads can fit any marketing budget with high quality ads starting at $100.

Personalized Message Ads from Jazz Family & Fans
Personal Ads & Shout-Outs give family and friends a chance to personalize a heartfelt message to your jazz student. Message Ads are personalized by you! Congratulate your senior and include a Grad photo or Shout Out “Cathy—You’re the best sax player ever! Love, Mom.” We would love for each student to have a personalized message. Deadline for all Personal Message Ads artwork or Shout-Outs: Sunday May 15, 2022.

Personalized Message Ads are available to both Esperanza and Bernardo Yorba Families!

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Acknowledgements from EEU Students

Student Thanks & Senior Acknowledgements will be included in our Big Band Blowout digital program. Like our Shout-Out message ads, acknowledgements are 75-100 character messages expressing your thanks to private teachers, inspirational figures and family.

Absolute last deadline for all Acknowledgements: Friday May 20, 2022
*Free for EEU Students.

Where do Volunteers Sign Up for this event?

Volunteers for:
Contacting Prior Sponsors
Distributing Concert Posters
PAC Lobby Set Up
Event Day Ticket Sales
Will Call Check-In
Event Day Door Check
VIP Concert Usher

We need your help!
If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s Big Band Blowout concert, please consider getting involved with Event Day activities or if you plan to watch the concert, help out with Contacting Sponsors right now! This is not cold calling, because the EEU has great community partners. Thank you in advance!

Please email Big Band Blowout Coordinator,

Students are welcome to volunteer for Community Service hours!

Thank You to All Our Big Band Blowout Guest Artists!

2021 – Terrell Stanford (Trumpet)
2019 – James Carter (Sax)
2018 – Wycliffe Gordon (Trombone)
2017 – Jeff Jarvis (Trumpet)
2016 – Bob Sheppard (Sax)
2015 – Francisco Torres (Trombone)
2014 – Chuck Findley (Trumpet)
2013 – Sal Lozano (Alto Sax)
2012 – Andy Martin (Trombone)
2011 – Jeff Clayton (Sax)
2010 – Wayne Bergeron (Trumpet)

2009 – Eric Merienthal (Sax)
2008 – Harry Watters (Trombone)
2007 – Sal Lozano (Sax/Woodwinds)
2006 – Bill Liston (Sax/Woodwinds)
2005 – Wayne Bergeron (Trumpet)
2004 – Andy Martin (Trombone)
2003 – Alex Iles (Trombone)
2002 – Bruce Babad (Sax/Woodwinds)
2001 – Bill Liston (Sax/Woodwinds)
2000 – Willie Murillo (Trumpet)
1999 – Bill Liston (Sax/Woodwinds)