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Big Band Blowout Concert

Esperanza Jazz thanks
the community sponsors supporting
Big Band Blowout 2024
Concert Program

Marcus Printup
Thursday May 23
EHS Theater
1830 N Kellog Dr Anaheim, CA 92807

Meet Our Guest Artist | Marcus Printup


Born and raised in Conyers, Georgia, Marcus Printup’s first musical experiences came from hearing the fiery gospel music his parents sang in church. He would later discover jazz as a senior in high school. 

Marcus attended Georgia State University, then transferred to the University of North Florida on a music scholarship. It was during his studies at UNF that he competed and won the prestigious International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet Competition.


In 1991, Mr. Printup’s life would change when he met his mentor and friend-to-be, the incomparable pianist Marcus Roberts. Mr. Roberts introduced him to world renowned trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis which in time led to the invitation to join the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra in 1993. Since then, Marcus has established and held third chair in the trumpet section and contributes regularly to the orchestra as an arranger and composer.

Among many others, Mr. Printup has performed/recorded with Betty Carter (an inductee into Ms. Carter’s first Jazz Ahead class in 1994), Dianne Reeves, Eric Reed, Cyrus Chestnut, Wycliffe Gordon, and Marcus Roberts. 

Mr. Printup has led multiple recordings on several major record jazz labels:

Blue Note Records
Song for the Beautiful WomanUnveiledHub Songs 

Nagel Heyer Records
The New Boogaloo

Steeplechase Records
Peace In The AbstractBird of ParadiseLondon LullabyBallads All NightA Time for LoveHomageDesireLostY-oung Bloods and his latest, a collaboration with his wife Riza Printup, Gentle Rain


Mr. Printup is sought out internationally as an educator. He is involved with programs such as  JALC’s Essentially Ellington CompetitionThe International Trumpet GuildMontclair State University and Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center

In 2019 Marcus and Riza established RiMarcable Music For Arts & Education (a 501c3 non-profit organization) to enrich and educate young audiences through the music of jazz.

Together, the Printups created RiMarcable Publications LLC through which they publish their children’s books and arrangements for big band and jazz combos. Among many accolades, Mr. Printup is proud to have been granted a proclamation (2005) declaring August Twenty-Second as Marcus Printup Day in his home town of Conyers, Georgia. 

Esperanza Jazz – 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 “Parallel to Harlem” from Esperanza’s Jazz I 2023 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.

The Big Band Blowout, EEU Signature Concert experience, features our professional musician mentor in collaboration with the talented students of Esperanza High School and Bernardo Yorba Middle School.

The Concert Program

Business Ads for Program Partners

Each year, local businesses participate in our Esperanza Jazz concert experience by purchasing advertising space in our Big Band Blowout Program. EEU offers a vibrant community of more than 400 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 less than $100. All proceeds from our Program Ads directly support the entire music program at Esperanza High School. For details about advertising in Big Band Blowout 2023 Concert Program, you can download the Business Ad PDF. To learn more about Sponsorship Packages, go to Sponsor EEU HERE. This 20+ year tradition is one of our big fundraisers and its success depends on you.

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There’s an option to use credit or debit card secured via PayPal. Be sure to include Name of Payer on the above form/s.

Big Band Blowout Volunteers

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

If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s Big Band Blowout concert, please consider getting involved with Event Day Activities. Students are welcome to volunteer for Community Service hours too.

If you plan to watch the concert, please help out with Contacting Donors & Sponsors. Contacting Sponsors is not cold calling, because the EEU has great community partners. We truly appreciate the time you spend reconnecting with our valued community partners each year. For more information about our outreach programs, checkout 2024 Sponsorship Guide.

Please email the Big Band Blowout Coordinator with interest or questions at:

Thank You to All Our Big Band Blowout Guest Artists!

2023 – Sherman Irby
2022 – Vincent Gardner (Trombone)
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)