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Saturday, May 18, 2024

West Ranch High School


For additional information contact

Brian Leff, Director of Jazz Studies


Gary Fukushima             Mike Galisatus

Sid Lasaine                            Gary Pratt

Tina Raymond                 George Stone

Dan Taguchi                      Sam Theisen


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Saxophonist and educator Ben Flocks captivates audiences around the world with his soulful sound. Born in Santa Cruz, California and residing in Los Angeles, Ben leads his own group and plays as a sideman in a variety of musical settings.

Ben holds a MA in Music Education from San José State University and a BFA from the New School in New York and currently serves on faculty at Glendale Community College, Harvard-Westlake School, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Ben has a passion for music education and teaches saxophone lessons, improvisation courses, and ensembles utilizing focused listening and peer-mentorship methods.  He also leads interactive concerts in schools for all ages tracing the history of jazz.

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Trombonist, composer, and B.A.C. Endorsing Artist Jon Hatamiya is one of the most promising trombonists to come out of the Sacramento area and is rapidly making a name for himself on both the New York and California music scenes. 

Jon received his Bachelor of Music degree in jazz trombone performance from Manhattan School of Music (where he was given the John Clark award for excellence in brass performance) his Master of Music in jazz studies from University of Southern California, and an additional Master of Music from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance (now known as the Herbie Hancock Institute).

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