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Feel free to roam around our site. Listen to sound bytes and visit our outstanding roster of faculty members. Don't forget to visit the link to PCC Bands, the place to find information on the Tournament of Roses Band, as well as other prestigious musical offerings at our school. Sign our "Contact" list and feel free to get in touch with us for any questions you have regarding our outstanding program.
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2014 Jazz Day Clinicians will be Ira Nepus: ensembles and Mary Durst: combos
Ira gives equal importance to all styles of jazz, from traditional on up through contemporary. He currently performs with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, of which he has been an original member for over twenty five years, privately teaches, and performs in all major recording studios throughout the Los Angeles area. Read more about Ira Nepus.......
Mary Durst began her professional career at the age of 16 and has performed in a wide variety of venues including everything from The Playboy Jazz Festival in Central park to opening for Earth Wind and Fire in Las Vegas. In addition to her busy professional schedule, Mary has been teaching for 30 years and has been at Pasadena City College since 2006. Mary teaches studio jazz voice and combo.
What Gordon Goodwin had to say.
I recently had the opportunity to spend several days working with the students in the jazz studies department at Pasadena City College and came away with a healthy respect for what I saw and heard. The students are inquisitive and enthusiastic and are thriving in the positive atmosphere that Andrea Baker Wilkerson has created. The program is well rounded and covers a wide range of jazz disciplines, from traditional to contemporary, with both small and large ensembles. I hope to get back to Pasadena City College again soon!
Grammy Award winning composer and Jazz Educator
Congratulations to our 2013 graduates.
Alumnae News: Congratulations as they move ahead in their careers!
Congratulations to our recent PCC Bobby Bradford Scholarship Winners
- Karen Herrera, jazz voice (First Prize Winner)
- Stephani Cho, guitar (Second Prize Winner)
- Dorothy Chui, jazz voice (Third Prize Winner)
PCC Jazz Award Winner:
- Congratulations to our 2013 Jazz Award Winner - Garrett Fallis - drummer extraordinaire.
Andrea Baker Wilkerson,
Director of Jazz Studies