After a two-year hiatus, the Kern County Music Educators' Association and the Bakersfield College Jazz Studies Program are pleased to announce the fifth annual KCMEA Jazz Day at Bakersfield College on Thursday, April 7, 2022. 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 for campus visitors.



This year's head clinician is Richard Lloyd Giddens, Jr., Director of Jazz Studies at Fresno State University and an accomplished bassist who has performed with STOMP, Robert Glasper, Larry Goldings, and Ben Wendel. He has recordings on the Tzadik and Orenda Records labels, and has headlined international jazz festivals, such as Jazz em Agosto (Portugal), the Saalfelden Jazz Festival (Austria) and the Angel City Jazz Festival (Los Angeles). He earned his BFA (2007) and MFA (2009) from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with Charlie Haden. Professor Giddens will work with each participating student ensemble and will perform with the BC Faculty Jazz Ensemble.


9:00-11:15 Morning Bands (Indoor Theater)

9:00 Welcome and Announcements

9:10 Mira Monte High School Jazz Ensemble

9:35 Foothill High School Trojan Jazz Band

10:00 Shafter High School Jazz Band

10:25 South High School Jazz Band

10:50 Ridgeview High School Jazz Ensemble


11:20-12:00 BC Faculty Jazz Ensemble w/Richard Giddens, Jr. (Indoor Theater)


12:00-1:00 Lunch Break (Outdoor Theater) & Jam Session (PAC-2)


1:00-1:45 Breakout Workshops with BC Jazz Studies Faculty (Various Locations in PAC)


2:00-4:35 Afternoon Bands (Indoor Theater)

2:00 Showcase: Kern County Honor Jazz Band

2:25 Showcase: Bakersfield College Jazz Ensemble

2:55 Centennial High School Jazz Band

3:20 Taft High School Jazz Band

3:45 Stockdale High School Jazz Band

4:10 Tevis Ranger Jazz Band


As of ​March 7, 2022 masks are recommended but not required while indoors, and event capacity limits have been lifted. Campus visitors are requested to be fully vaccinated but will not be required to show proof of vaccination to enter the PAC building. Visitors may be asked to complete a health screening self-check form before entering some campus facilities.

More information on current protocols can be found at:

Visitors may park 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. 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, tacos, 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 17. Junior High and Middle School programs will be considered after that date if there are slots available.


Registration fees are due by Thursday, March 31. Send a check for $175 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 17
Preferred time block for your clinic and performance:

Thank you for registering!