[3/27/18] Manson Jazz Band Plays On Performance Spotlight Stage At Jazz Festival in California

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On March 8th-12th the Manson Jazz Katz embarked on a journey of a lifetime.   


Early this school year, Manson music director Matt Brown was given authority by superintendent Matt Charlton to search for a National level festival that they Manson Jazz Katz could attend.  After doing some investigating, Brown found the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in California.  Soon he submitted a recording of the group and within a couple of days, the Katz were accepted to perform on a Performance Spotlight stage at the festival.


From exploring Monterey, California, seeing the Monterey Aquarium (one of the best in the world), listening to some of the best jazz bands and choirs in the USA, to performing on a NATIONAL stage, it was an  outstanding trip!!!  An other point of pride for Manson is that of all of the schools in attendance from around the nation, Manson was the only rural, small school jazz ensemble!


It just so happens that a Manson graduate, Michael James, is the director of the Ballard HS Jazz Ensemble…and their performance time was right before Manson!  Brown invited some of their students to come on the stage and perform with us.  You can see the performance at the following link:



If you go to YouTube and type in “Manson Monterey 2018” you can see all of the other things the Manson Jazz Katz performed.


Special thanks to:

Matt Charlton and Don Vanderholm for administrative support

Lorrie Cochran for Jazz Katz uniform upkeep

Robin Hanson and kitchen staff for breakfast

Janice Stewart for help with travel planning

Janet Jones for helping organize the donations

Julie Brown for planning help

All Local Businesses, Organizations, and Donors that helped us to raise the more than $18,000 to make this dream come true

All Communittee Members that wished us well and supported students in this tremendous journey!


Thank you so much for your ongoing support and allowing the Manson Jazz Katz to have this life changing experience!