Rio’s AM Jazz Ensemble Selected as Finalists at Essentially Ellington Festival

Rio’s AM Jazz Ensemble has been selected as a finalist for the Essentially Ellington Festival, held this May at NYC’s Lincoln Center. This is the most prestigious and educational of all HS Jazz Festivals and Competitions, and AM is one of 15 finalists selected from a large, International pool of applicants. AM members will travel … Read more

Rio’s ‘Minguys’ Jazz Combo won at the Charles Mingus Festival

I’m thrilled and proud to announce that Rio’s ‘Minguys’ Jazz Combo was the winner at yesterday’s Charles Mingus Festival, held at NYC’s Manhattan School of Music! The Minguys were selected as finalists from a national pool of applicants, and chosen as the Festival’s best combo in an awards ceremony last night. Congratulations to Mr. Kiesner, who is … Read more

Rio Combo Chosen as Finalist in Prestigious Festival:

Congratulations to the Minguys Jazz Combo on their acceptance into the 5th annual Charles Mingus High School Jazz Festival and Competition!  The band will travel to New York City to participate in the event, held at the Manhattan School of Music, on February 16th-17th.  The days are filled with clinics and concerts from New York’s … Read more