Central Union High School in El Centro, California has had a jazz ensemble as part of the regular curriculum for over 30 years. The current jazz program includes a beginning stage band class that is a semester introduction to jazz and the year long, by audition, jazz ensemble. The jazz ensemble has been involved with Essentially Ellington since 1999 and has had clinics with Ronald Carter, Arturo O’Farrill, Maynard Ferguson, Derek Cannon and the San Diego State Jazz Band. Central jazz has participated in Music in the Parks, Corona Jazz Festival, Valhalla Jazz Festival and the Coronado Jazz Festival, receiving Superior ratings.
The Central Jazz ensemble yearly records for Swing Central in Savannah, Georgia and Essentially Ellington through Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. The Central Jazz ensemble has made it to the top 20 of Essentially Ellington two times in the past years of participation.
The Central Jazz Band is under the direction of Mrs. Renee Baker. If you would like further information she can be contacted at 760-336-4436 or email.