Buchser Middle School Jazz Band
Santa Clara | Director: David Anderson
The Award-Winning Buchser Jazz Band comprises 50 students in the 6th, 7th, & 8th grade who study music under their director and music teacher, Mr. David Ladd Anderson, (Mr. A) at Buchser Middle School in Santa Clara, California. The band has continuously received the highest marks at every Jazz Festival that they have entered in the past 20 years. The Buchser Jazz Band performs Big Band Jazz, Blues, Pop, Swing, and Latin-Jazz music at a very high level. More than 100 of the band's alumni are studying music, teaching music, and playing music as professionals. Buchser Alumni are playing in the "Tonight Show Band," Smokey Robinson's Band, Carlos Santana's Band, and many college, high school, and professional bands and combos around the country.
Mariachi Tradicional of Alum Rock Union Elementary School District
The Mariachi Tradicional was formed in 2002 with the goal of motivating the most advanced students in the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District’s award winning Ethnomusicology - Mariachi Program. Class levels range from 3rd to 8th grade. The majority of the students accepted into this advanced performance group have mastered at least two instruments, have excelled in stage and vocal training and can also sight-read at an advanced level. Mariachi Tradicional has performed throughout the Bay Area representing the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District and its community in the east side of San Jose, CA.