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The Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble



Biography

The Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble from Winchester, VA has a long tradition of excellence. In its sixty year history, the group has performed with jazz legends Dr. Billy Taylor, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Conrad Herwig, Bob Berg, Jon Faddis, and dozens more. The band has toured China, Japan, Germany, Spain, Sweden, France, Iceland, Senegal, and has performed at numerous jazz festivals.  Directors have included Verne Collins, Paul Nobel, Alan Wright, Michael Brockman, Robert Larson, Craig Fraedrich, Joe Eckert, Bryan Kidd, and its current director, Matthew Niess. Prominent graduates from the band include composer/arranger Alan Baylock, pianists Tim Young and Laurence Elder, saxophonist Ashley Baker, trumpeter Ashlin Parker, drummer Billy Drummond, and bassist Corcoran Holt.
The Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble