Young Musicians Choral Orchestra
Youth Jazz Big Band
YMCO Jazz Band
The Young Musician Choral Orchestra’s Jazz Band is one of the Bay Area’s leading and most exciting youth jazz groups. Conducted by Geechi Taylor, they have already performed alongside international jazz superstars Herlin Riley, Bob Hurst and Hubert Laws, world-renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade, top jazz pianist Patrice Rushen and late legendary drummer, Ndugu Chancler. Get ready to tap your feet and swing to the beat as the 20-piece YMCO Jazz Band takes over the Redwood Grove and your heart on a night you won’t want to miss.
Founded in 1968 as a summer outreach program, Young Musicians Choral Orchestra has transformed the lives of over 3,000 Bay Area Youth. Under the leadership of Executive Director Daisy Newman, who took the helm in 2003, the program erupted from a modest youth music program into a national model, providing a rigorous and robust combination of musical training, academic reinforcement, and personal development for low-income, underprivileged children.