The Lamont Jazz Orchestra Wins FIRST PLACE at The 2018 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival!


The LJO on stage at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival Awards Ceremony

The Lamont Jazz Orchestra tied with The University of Central Oklahoma on Sunday, March 11 to win FIRST PLACE at the prestigious Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. Also honored were Matt Campbell (drums) and Dylan Vessel (trumpet) who were awarded outstanding soloist recognition (two out of the four that were awarded!) The judges were an all-star panel that included: Ingrid Jensen, Joel Frahm, Alan Ferber and Tanya Darby.

Matt Campbell receiving his Outstanding Soloist Award

Matt Campbell receiving his outstanding soloist trophy

Dylan Vessel receiving his Outstanding Award trophy

As part of being chosen as the first place winners, The LJO has now been invited to perform at the main (and legendary) 61st Monterey Jazz Festival on September 21-23. This means that YOUR Lamont Jazz Orchestra will be performing with some of the greatest musicians in the professional world today!

Please join me in wishing these hard-working and wonderfully talented students a GIANT congratulations for a job well done and an international-level honor well-deserved!


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