2015 Honor Jazz Band

January 24, 2015

Karen Hille Phillips Center of Performing Arts

David Deacon-Joyner, Director

The PLU Honor Jazz Band is open by nomination by high schools.  The students work with a well known jazz clinician as they prepare to perform a final concert.


Scott Whitfield

Scott Whitfield

Scott Whitfield (trombonist, composer, arranger, and vocalist) is internationally recognized for his work with many contemporary big bands, including those of Toshiko Akiyoshi, Johnny Mandel, Clare Fischer, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, and his own Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestras (East and West). Whitfield’s discography includes 10 recordings as leader and more than 50 recordings with other artists. Upon settling in New York in 1993, Whitfield became a member of the Nat Adderley Sextet, which also included Jimmy Cobb, Walter Booker, Vincent Herring and Rob Bargad. The group’s engagements at Sweet Basil led to fruitful associations with Nnenna Freelon, Frank Wess, Lionel Hampton, Wayne Andre, and many others.

The Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra was in residence at New York’s Birdland, the Jazz Corner of the World, culminating in the exciting “Live at Birdland” CD, released in April 2004 on Summit Records.

A clinician and guest artist for Getzen trombones, Whitfield has appeared throughout the world, from Australia to Zurich, sharing his expertise on trombone technique, improvisation, composition, arranging, and jazz history. Whitfield served on the jazz faculty at Rutgers University from 1998 to 2002, teaching trombone, composition and arranging, and improvisation, while also coordinating the school’s combo program. His transcription book “The J.J. Johnson Collection” (published by Hal Leonard) has inspired not only trombonists, but also jazz improvisers on many instruments, young and old. Although Scott Whitfield makes his home in Los Angeles, he commutes to San Jose State University, where he is part of the jazz faculty.


JANUARY 24, 2015 


Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Eastvold Auditorium

No tickets required.

High school directors please use this link to our on-line nomination form to recommend students you would like to participate in the 2015 Honor Jazz Band. The nomination deadline is October 20, 2014. We ask that before nominating a student, please check with each student concerning his or her availability. There is participant fee of $110 for each student participating in the Honor Band. In addition to the nomination form, each nominated student is required to submit a recording performing the audition piece sent by email to the band directors.  This recording should be sent as an email attachment directly to David Deacon Joyner at joynerdl@plu.edu by October 20, 2014.

Northwest High School Honor Band
Pacific Lutheran University
Department of Music
Tacoma, WA 98447

Fax Number: 253/535-8669
E-mail: joynerdl@plu.edu



High school students who are accepted to participate in the 2015 Northwest High School Jazz Band will receive confirmation around November 7th through their high school director.

Confirmation: Please complete the order form above, print it, and mail it with your remittance to PLU by December 5th. Thank you.

Participant fees: $110 (non-refundable) / Deadline: December 5, 2014.