Meet the Band

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Dr. Ed Cannava
Director Director, Denver Jazz Club / Director of Bands, Regis University

A retired public school music educator, Ed was the 22 year Director of Arapahoe High School’s three time Downbeat award-winning Dry Creek Dixie Dawgs. He is currently Regis University’s Director of Bands. You can read “The Doc’s” full resume on his website.


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Nathan Bailey
Tenor Sax Chatfield HS

Nathan has been playing the saxophone for 7 years and has studied privately with Michael Weaver. He was the 2018 All State Jazz Band Alto Sax Alternate, and performs in his school’s concert, jazz and marching bands. Nathan has also received three outstanding musicianship awards at the Mile High Jazz Festival, and is the Chatfield HS Drum Major for the 19-20 school year.

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Carl Enger
Tuba Lakewood HS

Carl has played trombone and bass trombone in the Lakewood HS Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, as well as in small ensembles and big bands with the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. He plays tenor and alto trombone with the Front Range Youth Symphony, and is the baritone section leader for the Bengal Regiment marching band. Carl is a 2 time recipient of the Mile Hi Jazz Festival “Outstanding Performance” award, and studies with Adam Bartczak.

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Ben Jablonski
Banjo Chatfield High School

Ben performs in Chatfield’s marching, concert and jazz bands. He has played trombone for 6 years, piano for 9 years, baritone for 4 years, and the plectrum banjo for 1 year, while studying with John Mumford. Ben has been selected to the All-County Jazz Band on trombone, and received an outstanding musicianship award on banjo at the 2019 Mile High Jazz Festival.

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Isaiah Kim
Drums Grandview HS

Isaiah Kim joined the DJC Youth All-Stars in March of 2019. He started his musical career playing drums when he was age 7, switched to piano at age 8, and then went back to playing drums at 11. He is now studying with Devon Rogers. Isaiah is now playing in the wind ensemble and the top tier jazz band at Grandview. He also is in the Wolf Pride marching band as an extra-curricular activity. Last year, Isaiah was able to audition and play in the Cherry Creek School District Honor Band. Now he’s excited for what his musical growth and journey will be with the DJC Youth All-Stars.

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Ivan Martin
Clarinet Chatfield HS

Ivan plays clarinet in marching band, bassoon in the wind ensemble, and tenor sax in the jazz ensemble. He is currently in his seventh year of playing clarinet, fourth year of playing tenor saxophone, and fifth year of playing the bassoon. Ivan performed in the 2019 All State Orchestra and CU Honor Band. He plans to study electrical engineering in college.

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Owen Metz
Piano Mountain Vista

Owen has been playing the piano since 2nd grade, and has been playing jazz since 7th grade. In addition to being a part of the All Stars, Owen participates in the Mountain Vista High School Jazz Band and the Ministers of Swing big band at his church. Owen is currently studying with Hank Troy and hopes to pursue a career in music.

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Thomas Neal
Trombone / Vocals Douglas County HS

Thomas is an International Baccalaureate student, who has played in several pit orchestras, school wind ensembles and jazz bands. He has performed in jazz combos for the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, and in the Continental League Honor Band and Orchestra. Thomas is brass captain in his school’s marching band, and studies trombone with Kevin Buchanan.