Dakota Combo

Each year offers different opportunities for members of the Dakota Combo, an audition-based group of the region’s top high school jazz musicians. Up to eight musicians are offered scholarships for a year of serious extra-curricular jazz study and performance in partnership with the MacPhail Center for Music. Past combos have produced their own recordings, received the Mingus Spirit Award at the Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival in New York, and performed at jazz venues throughout and beyond the Twin Cities. Open auditions are held each year in early September, resulting in new instrumentation and a fresh sound every year. Interested musicians are encouraged to participate in other jazz education opportunities in preparation for future Combo auditions.

2014-2015 Dakota Combo

2014-2015 Dakota Combo

Dakota Combo, 9th Edition (Back Row L-R) Charlie Lincoln, Sam Roberto, Peter Goggin, Jack Courtright, Aidan Sponheim,  Jordan Anderson. (Front L-R) Adam Astrup, Luke Peterson

This year’s ensemble is an octet, including:

  • Jordan Anderson, piano (Nova Classical Academy, grade 11)

  • Adam Astrup, guitar (Ricori High School, Cold Spring, MN, grade 9)

  • Jack Courtright, trombone (Apple Valley High School, grade 12)

  • Peter Goggin, alto saxophone (Moundsview High School, grade 12)

  • Charlie Lincoln, bass (Minneapolis South High School, grade 12)

  • Luke Peterson, drums (Apple Valley High School, grade 12)

  • Sam Roberto, tenor saxophone (Pine City High School, grade 12)

  • Aidan Sponheim, trumpet (Minneapolis Southwest High School, grade 12)

 

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