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Quintet Competes at Next Gen Jazz Fest

A quintet from the Conservatory of Music competed last weekend in the 46th annual Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in California.

Richard Bomzer, Silvain Castellano, Marcio Garcia, Xun Jiao, and Juan-Camilo Sanchez earned a spot in the College Combo Division.

More than 130 groups applied, but only a few were selected as finalists to perform before a panel of internationally renowned artists as judges. Winners then perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September. Acclaimed baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan, faculty member in the Purchase jazz studies program, served as a competition judge.

While the Purchase quintet did not place, they certainly made Purchase proud with their fantastic performance.