18th Annual UNCG Honors High School Jazz Band
The UNCG Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program presents the 18th Annual Honors High School Jazz Band, November 18 – 19, 2017.
The two day event consists of big band rehearsals,clinics, improvisation master classes, and concludes with a performance by the Honors Jazz Band and UNCG Jazz Ensemble I with special guest Bria Skonberg.
Membership is competitive and only North Carolina residents are eligible. Students must be accompaniedby their band director or a designated parent chaperone. Hotel information and a detailed schedule of events will be provided once students receive notification that they have been selected. Each student will be charged a participation fee of $60. Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday lunch will be provided in the UNCG Dining Hall. Each student must be recommended by his or her band director or private teacher. A separate letter of recommendation from the teacher is strongly encouraged, but not required.
To apply, students must submit an online application.
Application deadline is Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Notification will be made VIA E-MAIL by Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
Noted as a Millennial “Shaking Up the Jazz World,” according to Vanity Fair, Skonberg is a self-described “small town girl” from Chilliwack, British Columbia. She left for Vancouver straight out of high school and earned a degree in Jazz Trumpet Performance from Capilano University. But even as she absorbed the deep knowledge and disciplined work habits needed for a jazz career, she was also hustling hard to book her two bands. While in university she juggled working every weekend, traveling to festivals and shows, plus cramming in schoolwork - all while on the road.
When not traveling for her own gigs, she was building up her stage-show chops with Dal Richards, Vancouver’s King of Swing. Playing at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver capped off this exciting period, with Bria featured at the Paralympics opening ceremony.
In 2012 Bria released So Is The Day (Random Act Records); her first album on a US-based label. That collection showcased a developing flair for original songs with just the right amount of standards mixed in, and also featured a duet with the legendary John Pizzarelli, So Is The Day received rave reviews from critics, drawing comparisons to Norah Jones in The New York Daily News. In 2015, a year after her second album, Into Your Own, was released, Skonberg received the Jazz At Lincoln Center Swing! Award.
To date, Bria has performed at some 100 festivals worldwide. She is the co-founder of the New York Hot Jazz Camp and New York Hot Jazz Festival. Further accolades include Best Vocal and Best Trumpet awards from Hot House Jazz Magazine (2014-15), Outstanding Jazz Artist at the New York Bistro Awards (2014), a DownBeat Rising Star (2013-15), and a nominee for Jazz Journalists' Association Up and Coming Artist (2013).