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The Kern County Music Educators' Association and the Bakersfield College Jazz Studies Program are pleased to announce the sixth annual KCMEA Jazz Day at Bakersfield College on Thursday, April 13, 2023. This all-day event will feature student jazz ensembles from throughout Kern County performing in the Simonsen Performing Arts Center Indoor Theater, with showcase performances by the BC Jazz Ensemble, the BC Faculty Jazz Ensemble, and the Kern County Honor Jazz Band.


All events in the PAC Indoor Theater are free and open to the public. See below for info and directions for campus visitors.



Our head clinician is Paul Tynan, an internationally acclaimed trumpeter, composer, and jazz recording artist with credits on over 80 recordings. Tynan is a Professor of Music at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada where he teaches jazz brass, jazz history, and arranging and is the Chair of the Music Department. He has also served on the faculties of San Jose State University, Chabot College, Nova Scotia Honor Jazz Program, and University of North Texas Summer Trumpet Workshop and is a past co-director of the Acadia Summer Jazz Workshop. Professor Tynan will work directly with each participating student ensemble and will perform with the BC Faculty Jazz Ensemble.


10:00-12:15 Morning Bands (Indoor Theater)

10:00 Welcome and Announcements

10:10 Foothill High School Jazz Band

10:35 Bakersfield High School Driller Jazz Band

11:00 Shafter High School Jazz Band

11:25 Centennial High School Jazz Band

11:50 Ridgeview High School Jazz Ensemble


12:15-1:00 BC Faculty Jazz Ensemble with Paul Tynan (Indoor Theater)


1:00-1:30 Lunch Break


1:30-2:15 BC Jazz Studies Faculty Breakout Workshops (Various Locations in PAC)


2:25-5:10 Afternoon Bands (Indoor Theater)

2:25 Showcase: Bakersfield College Jazz Ensemble

2:50 Showcase: Kern County Honor Jazz Band 

3:30 Taft Union High School Jazz Band

3:55 West High School Viking Regiment Jazz Band

4:20 Stockdale High School Jazz Band

4:45 Mira Monte High School Jazz Ensemble


Masks are still strongly encouraged on campus but not required. Event capacity limits have been lifted, and the Covid-19 vaccine requirement is not being enforced at this time.

Visitors may park for free on the day of the event in lot P3 at Panorama and Mt. Vernon. College Safety requests that campus visitors fill out the Special Guest Parking Request form at least 48 hours before coming on campus.

School buses can drop students off at the loop just east of PAC building, and then park in lot P7 at Mt. Vernon and University.

Click here for a campus map.


Each participating ensemble will begin with a 25-minute private clinic in the band room (PAC-2). Your students will perform 1 or 2 selections for the clinician and get tips and feedback to polish and refine their performance.


Following the clinic, your ensemble will proceed to the Indoor Theater stage to give a 15-20 minute public performance of up to 4 selections. You will receive written feedback on this performance, and it will be professionally recorded.

There will be midday breakout workshops for brass, saxophones, and rhythm section led by BC Jazz Studies faculty. Please plan to stay and attend as many of the day's events with your students as possible!

Food is not provided. Participants should bring their own lunch or visit The Dining Commons at Campus Center (burgers, pizza, burritos, salads, etc.).  

BC will provide grand piano, drum set, congas, bongos, vibraphone, guitar and bass amps, cables, stands, chairs, solo and announce mics. Please describe any special staging needs in the application form below.

Participation is limited to 10 ensembles. The application deadline for Kern County High School ensembles is Thursday, March 16. Junior High and Middle School programs will be considered after that date if there are slots available.


Registration fees are due by Thursday, March 30. Send a check for $200 payable to KCMEA to:


Kris Tiner, Director of Jazz Studies

Department of Performing Arts

Bakersfield College

1801 Panorama Drive

Bakersfield, CA 93305

Further details will be sent via email upon receipt of your application.

Questions? Contact Kris Tiner at or 661-395-4313

Application deadline is Thursday, March 16
Preferred time block for your clinic and performance:

Thank you for registering!

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