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For several months, our club, has been looking forward to offering funding to a local public school's music department, or to an individual student musician for the advancement of Jazz and Big Band music in the community.

We have located a promising young student musician, Fabian Mauricio, a percussionist with outstanding rhythmic ability, and a dedicated work ethic.  Fabian is a senior at Santa Paula High School.  We submitted his application and he has been accepted to the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society Jazz Summer Camp for Youth for a week this summer. He will be immersed in the study of traditional jazz and will be trained by many experienced jazz artists that perform at the Jazz Festivals.

Musical Students from Santa Paula High School, under the direction of their musical director, Ed Roina, performed at the Sunday dance prior to the Featured band.
The band performed admirably by performing three diversified numbers: Hot Cha Cha, The Way I Feel About You, a Doc Severinsen arrangement, and finished with a lively song called Moondance. 

It was great celebrating Father's Day with all of you Dads. Rafe
Hernandez’ Equinox Ensemble of fine musicians, presented us with a
diversified program, opening with a beautiful rendition of "I Remember You‘,
and followed with a couple of good Blues numbers, a couple of lively Latin
tempos and rounded it out with some more good swing.
Congratulations are in order for Fabian Mauricio, the young
drummer that our club is sponsoring to the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Camp
this summer. Not only was he the Valedictorian for his graduating class at
Santa Paula High School, he also had a GPA of 4.6. Pretty impressive!

Our adopted student, Fabian Mauricio, the drummer we sponsored to the Sacramento Jazz Camp this summer, was here to personally thank our club for the opportunity he was given, and shared with all of us some of the things he learned at camp. He then, along with his sister Kirsten on alto sax, joined the Jammers in the last set for a rendition of some great Dixieland It's wonderful to see the younger generation so enthusiastic about Jazz.

Our hats off to Ed Raina, Musical Director of the Santa Paula High School, for bringing us the enjoyment of a wonderful group of young musicians, The Santa Paula High School Jazz Band. 
The jazz band included two alto saxes, Kristen Mauricio and Jacqueline Paredes, two tenor saxes, Marc Morales and Elisha Kennedy, two trombones, Edward Robles and Guillermo Queda, Albeit Perez on trumpet, Sara Martinez on bass and, last but not least, Fabian Mauricio on

We want to report to you on the experiences of Fabian Mauricio, the student we sponsored to the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Camp. He spent the last week in July at the camp and was thrilled with the opportunity and all that he learned. He enjoyed so much being around so many young budding musicians that loved music and wanted to play as much as he did -- the enthusiasm of pick-up jamming sessions, running late into the night, the learning to play with a vocalist in the band, playing in groups where each of the musicians were anxious to take solos, and meeting kids that he intends to continue friendships with. He said it was far above what he had expected -- a fantastic experience.
In addition to his love for music, Fabian has been accepted to UCLA this Fall, to study to be a surgeon and was also accepted to the school's medical research program. He is a real star and I look forward to following his career.

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