Rio Norte Jr. High Music Department


JazzHawks Vocal Jazz Ensemble 2019-2020

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The JazzHawks are a 16-piece vocal jazz group formed as an after school club to further our understanding and opportunities in music. This year, we are happy to announce the newest ensemble consisting of:

Soprano:  Micah Banaag, Keila Viray, Chelsea Dela Calzada, Sophia Costello, Tavishi Raghunathan

Alto:  Emily L’herault, Grace Lorntzen, Ella Ray, Shyler Sweitzer, Aarya Shah

Tenor:  Tomi Lessis, Uche Nwadiashi, Gina LaPoint, Lucas Santos, Reagan Wertz, Daniel Heringer


2019-2020 Scheduled Performances:

Sep 26-27 (Thu-Fri): Fall Concert with Valencia High School

Nov 7-9 (Thu-Sat): Cuesta College Vocal Jazz Festival

Dec 10 (Tue): Choral Tech Rehearsal (2-6pm)

Dec 11 (Wed): Choral Winter Concert (5:30-8:30pm)

Dec 12 (Thu): SCV Newcomers Lunch

Mar 13 (Fri): SCVA Vocal Jazz Festival

Mar 27-28 (Fri-Sat): Disney Music Festival

Apr 3-4 (Fri-Sat): Monterey Next Gen Jazz Festival

Apr 17 (Fri): Fullerton College Vocal Jazz Festival

Apr 28 (Tue): SCCEA Festival

May 19 (Tue): Choral Tech Rehearsal 

May 21 (Thu): Choral Spring Concert (Time TBD)

JazzHawks 2018-2019:

In 2018/2019, our second year in performance, we traveled to the Cuesta College Vocal Jazz Festival, where we blew their minds with our scatting and improv. We attended the  SCVA, Valencia Jazz Festival and came away with a Superior rating. We traveled to the Fullerton College High School Vocal Jazz Festival, where we were the only Junior High in attendance, competed in the High School intermediate category and came away in third place, beating four very fine high schools. We finished he festivals season with a trip to the Anaheim area with a trip to the Music in the Parks festival where the Jazz-hawks Won first place with a score of 97.5 and the overall best choral ensemble of the festival.