BCCM Takes Downbeat Awards

A huge congratulations to the Jazz Studies Program! Both CJO and PST were named winners in the graduate college large jazz ensemble category by Downbeat Magazine. Marcus Carline won the undergraduate jazz arrangement category for “Car 24.” These are the most prestigious awards in jazz.

We know we have an amazing jazz program at the Cole Conservatory. Downbeat’s recognition gives us extraordinary national visibility. To have won in both vocal and instrumental jazz proves that we have a truly elite jazz program across the board.

PST won their first Downbeat only five years ago: the student music award of “Outstanding Performance.” They followed that by winning best graduate college large jazz ensemble category four consecutive years. 4peat! Having CJO join them as the top ensemble in the country is phenomenal.

None of this could have happened without Jeff Jarvis, Christine Guter, and all of our remarkable adjuncts. But as Jeff Jarvis said, “Our students deserve the lion’s share of the credit for their work ethic, dedicated individual practice, focused rehearsals, and for elevating the high standards established by previous jazz majors.”

Christine Guter echoed those sentiments, “The students work incredibly hard and are completely dedicated to making the highest quality of music.”

Double major (Composition and Vocal Jazz) Marcus Carline said, “It still feels sort of unreal. I’m super honored, and while I know I haven’t arrived (I’ll never truly arrive) it feels very validating.”

This follows on the heels of a terrific showing at the Monterey Next Generation jazz festival. PST won the Vocal Jazz competition and CJO placed 2nd. The Cole Conservatory had three of the six Outstanding Soloist awards: Jenny Swoish, Maria Shafer, and Ramsey Castaneda.

I am thrilled that our students have been recognized on the national stage. We know what a special program we have, now others know as well. Please join me in congratulating all of the members of CJO, PST, Marcus Carline, and the entire Jazz Studies Program!

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