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Cuesta Performing Arts Page


The 32nd Central Coast
Jazz Festival
March 13-14th, 2015

Hello and Welcome!

The Central Coast Jazz Festival (CCJF) is a competitive jazz festival hosted by Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo for Middle School, High School and College/University Big Bands and Combos. Last year we had great bands with an excellent judging panel and The Big Phat Band was unbelievable. As things are shaping up for this years festival it promises to be a great experience for everyone involved.

The festival date has been set for March 13th and 14th. Last year having Friday as a day of non-competitive performances worked out very well, so we are going to do it again. All of the performances on Friday March 13th will have a judging pannel and receive clinics, but will not have published scores.

We are proud to have The Donny McCaslin Group as our festival guest artists. They are performing both Friday and Saturday night of the festival. On Friday night March 13th, the group will perform with the Cuesta Jazz Ensembles. And on Saturday the group will give a free clinic and also perform on their own.

On this site you will find information about this year's festival and guest artist, an application and closer to the festival a schedule of bands. After the festival it will be possible to check back and see each band's scores.

Jazz at Cuesta College

Cuesta college has a long history of excellence in jazz education. We have students transfer to the most of the best jazz schools in the Western United States and many even with scholarships! Here are just a few of the reasons why a talented jazz student might consider starting at Cuesta College:

  • Award winning ensembles: two big bands and eight combos!
  • Only Jazz Studies AA program in California!
  • Free-private lesson program (applied music) for all music majors with professional musicians on all major instruments
  • Amazing Recording Arts Program and studio
  • Our great facilities and sound
  • Located right on Highway 1 between San Luis Obispo and beautiful Morro Bay

If you have any questions about Cuesta College or our festival please don't hesitate to contact me or our Festival Coordinator, Bea Anderson and be sure to check out our "Cuesta Performing Arts Page" on the left to see what is happening here at Cuesta.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you here.

Ron McCarley
Director of Jazz Studies
(805) 546-3100 x2445

Bea Anderson
Festival Coordinator
(805) 546-3936

site last updated 3/10/15

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