2012 – 2013 Dakota Combo Selected

The MacPhail Center for Music and the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education (DFJE) announce the 7th edition of The Dakota Combo, a high school jazz ensemble. Selected through open auditions, the Combo is a band of exceptional student musicians who rehearse and perform throughout the year under the direction of Adam Linz, Jazz Coordinator for MacPhail.

This MacPhail program, with funding from DFJE, was begun in 2006. Graduates of the program have moved on to study at the nation’s top music programs, including the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, New England Conservatory of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, among others. During the school year, the Dakota Combo will rehearse biweekly with Linz and perform frequently, including at the Artists Quarter (November 29, 2012), at MacPhail’s Antonello Hall), at the 2013 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and at other venues and events. Students will also visit area schools and participate in clinics and workshops. The student musicians of the 2012-2013 Dakota Combo:

  • Jackson Mullett, trumpet (Eden Prairie High School)
  • Jack Courtright, trombone (Apple Valley High School)
  • Peter Goggin, alto saxophone (Moundsview High School)
  • Zosha Warpeha, violin (Perpich Center for Arts Education)
  • Levi Schwartzberg, vibraphone (Minneapolis Southwest High School)
  • Will Kjeer, piano (St Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists)
  • Sam Worthington, bass (Moundsview High School)
  • Benjamin Beyene, drums (Minneapolis Roosevelt High School)

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