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.


Dakota Combo 2016-2017 (11th Edition)


Adam Astrup – Guitar (3rd year)
Ricori High School (Cold Spring, MN)
Ivan Cunningham – Sax (1st year)
Perpich Center for Arts Education
Simon Petrick – Drums (1st year)
U of M, Post Secondary Education Options (PSEO)
Riley Swain – Bari Sax (1st year)
Southwest High School
Max Voda – Bass (1st year)
Southwest High School


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