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Big Band Blowout Celebrates Esperanza Jazz with Vincent Gardner

PLACENTIA, CA | May 2022 – Big Band Blowout celebrates 22 years of Big Band Jazz tradition at EHS and the return to in-person performing arts with guest artist, Vincent Gardner, nationally-acclaimed musician. Esperanza Entertainment Unit hosts Big Band Blowout jazz concert to benefit the EHS music education program on May 26 at the PYLUSD Performing Arts Center starting 7PM.

“The opportunity for our students to perform with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the country is always exciting,” said EEU Director, Mr. Brad Davis, “Mr. Gardner is someone who was on our list of people that we’d love to have out to work with our students for years.”

EEU is delighted to welcome Vincent Gardner, the Lead Trombonist  from Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis since 2000. As an accomplished bandleader, musician and composer, Gardner originals are described as both beautiful and expressive. Mr. Gardner performs with diverse ensembles and is also the Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra.

EEU Jazz Bands annually attend Essentially Ellington regional festival in Las Vegas and have competed nationally at Essentially Ellington in New York. Essentially Ellington initiatives, created by Jazz at Lincoln Center, are world-class jazz education events that have inspired many jazz music programs like Big Band Blowout.

“Our goal is always to expose our students to music at its highest level so that they can see how far they can go,” said Davis, “We are looking forward to sharing the stage with one of the greatest jazz trombonists in the world and enjoying an amazing night of music.”

Since 1999, the Big Band Blowout jazz concert is an opportunity for young musicians to perform with professional musicians on the same stage. The EEU signature concert experience features the award-winning bands of Esperanza HS and Bernardo Yorba Middle School in collaboration with our guest artist, performing Big Band Jazz tunes in a beautiful modern performing arts theater, PYLUSD’s PAC at 1651 N. Valencia Ave in Placentia.

Tickets are $15; order PRESALE at webpage,, and lobby sales open at 530PM concert night.

About Esperanza Entertainment Unit:

Director Brad Davis, performer and studio teacher from southern California music community, continuously prepares students for lifelong appreciation of performing arts, as enthusiasts and professional artists. EEU Boosters nonprofit organization supports the Music Director in providing EEU students with high-quality instrumental music education and performance opportunities. Enjoy EEU music performances at EHSEU YouTube Channel.

Media Contact:
Brad Davis, Director 
(714)986-7540 ex:13711