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 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 2017-2018 (12th Edition)


Nick Adams – Drums (11th Grade)
Totino Grace High School
Owen Finch – Piano (9th Grade)
Minnetonka High School
Victor Imbo – Trombone (12th Grade)
St. Paul Central High School
Sophia Kickhofel – Alto Sax (9th Grade)
Apple Valley High School
Jorgen Linne – Bass (11th Grade)
Southwest High School
Leighton Tuenge – Trumpet (12th Grade)
Hopkins High School

Upcoming Events
  • Saturday, May 5 – Annual Spring Concert at Jazz Central Studios, 3pm
  • Saturday, June 23 – Twin Cities Jazz Festival at DFJE Youth Stage, 5pm

Dakota Combo News

Jan 29, 2017

Location: Saint Paul Hotel Ballroom Main Stage

Dakota Combo at Winter Jazz Fest

The Dakota Combo will be playing their first public performance at the Saint Paul Hotel Ballroom Main Stage (350 Market St, St. Paul, MN… Read More »

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