The Chamber of Commerce and VCB are proud to feature the Santa Maria High School Jazz Ensemble at the Tourism Luncheon on May 16 at the Historic Santa Maria Inn.

Under the direction of Ulises Valdivia, the ensemble has won many awards since it was re-instated in the Fall Semester of 2008.  At the Central Coast Jazz Festival held at Cuesta College in 2009, the placed second and won First Place in 2010!

The Ensemble has also received accolades for Best Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet and Rhythm section. They have also participated in the Santa Barbara High School Jazz Festival, where they received second place. Many of the graduate students have gone to community colleges and four-year universities to continue their studies in music, including Pasadena City College, UCSB and UCLA.

For more information about the Jazz Ensemble, contact Valdivia at (805) 925-2567.