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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Charles Gamble
Tenor Sax East HS

Charles, a junior at East High School, joined the DJC Youth All-Stars in May 2017. He has been playing the saxophone for 5 years, and has studied privately the entire time. Charles performs in the East HS Bands and recently was selected to perform in CCJA’s Jazz in the Sangres

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Antonio Giovanetti
Piano Bear Creek HS

Antonio, a sophomore, joined the DJC Youth All-Stars in May, 2017. He started playing violin at 5, switched to drums in 5th grade, and just recently added the keyboard to his musical repertoire. Antonio studies piano with Hank Troy, and plays percussion in the BCHS Jazz Band, Concert Band, Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. He has received the “Outstanding Musicianship” award at the Mile High Jazz Festival on drum set. Antonio plans to pursue Jazz Studies when he graduates from high school.

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Ben Husted
Bass Chatfield HS

Ben is a sophomore at Chatfield High School. He started playing piano in kindergarten and switched to upright bass in 4th grade. He’s taken private lessons in bass for nearly the whole time. He plays bass in Chatfield’s concert and jazz bands, and the baritone in marching band.  He is frequently performing in various small ensembles throughout our community, from bluegrass to Handel. Ben currently studies with Ron Bland.

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Ellington Jenkins
Clarinet / Vocals Denver Public Schools Online HS

Ellington, a senior, joined the All-Stars in May, 2015. He started playing clarinet in the 4th grade, in a Douglas County school band, led by Joe Anderies. That same year Ellington enrolled in the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, which he continues to participate in to the present day. In middle school, Ellington was accepted into the Denver School of the Arts as a band major. He has played the clarinet for nine years, and the tenor saxophone for four years. Ellington studies with Chuck Schneider.

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Steve Pitchford
Banjo Bear Creek HS

Steve, a sophomore at Bear Creek High School, joined the All-Stars in April 2017. He has recently picked up the plectrum banjo, after playing and studying privately on drum set (6 years), and guitar (3 years). Steve is a percussion section leader in the Bear Creek HS Marching Band, and also plays in the school’s concert and jazz bands. He has played in other outside groups, and has been studying plectrum banjo with Rory Thomas.

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Benji Robinson
Drums Centaurus HS

Benji,, a senior at Centaurus High School, joined the band in April 2017. A drummer for 7 years, he has been active in Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts groups, including Jazz in the Sangres, through which he has performed at the Vail Jazz festival twice. He also has participated in his high school jazz band, marching band, and winter percussion group, as well as the pit orchestra for the school musicals. Benji studies with Chris Beers and BK Khan, and plans on going to college for jazz performance.

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Kiyah Vizzi
Trumpet/Vocals Thornton HS

Kiyah, a junior at Thornton High School, participates in Thornton High School’s marching band, jazz band and wind ensemble. During the summer, she attends the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Jazz camp held at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, Kiyah is a Youth Trumpet and Taps Corps (TYYC) volunteer. For the past three years, she has been selected to participate in the Adams 12 Five Star Honor Band. Kiyah aspires to become a music educator in the K12 public school system.

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Benj Wilkin
Trombone Kennedy HS

Benj is a senior at Kennedy High School. He is in his third year of playing the trombone, and 7th year on the baritone horn. Benj plays in the Kennedy HS Band Program, and is considering majoring in computer science or music next year.

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