Better every year! During the last few years we've had a great time with Bob Reynolds, Wayne Bergeron, The Big Phat Band, Kneebody, saxophone master Ernie Watts, trombone great Andy Martin, Bob Sheppard, Bob McChesney and Dave Douglas a great line up of Judges and great bands.

FRIDAY EVENING CONCERT:  This year The Fantasy Cuesta Big Band will be giving a concert on Friday night March 8th with the Cuesta Jazz Ensembles, tickets for $15/10 or preordered with registration for $10. The location of the concert is the CPAC (our theater) at 8 pm.  The Fantasy Cuesta Big Band is made up of the best professional musicians that have attended Cuesta over it's 40+ history of a strong jazz program and this is sure to be a one of a kind concert that will appeal to everyone.


We will have clinics at noon on both days.  David Becker (Cuesta College) will present a session on sight reading, 12-12:40pm on Friday.  On Saturday the Cuesta Jazz Ensemble will start the clinic followed by Michael Mull (CSU Northridge) discussing improvisation and rhythm.

AWARDS PRESENTATION  Individual performance awards, scholarships, and group placement honors will be presented in the CPAC at the end of the competition on Saturday at 6pm.

Judges Comments: are digital audio files at web links that are given to the directors. Every effort will be made to supply a video of the performance in addition to the comments.  If directors want to bring their own SD cards (8GB, class 4 or better) they can, otherwise a card will be supplied and returned with the judges sheets. 

Equipment: We will supply guitar and bass amps, drum sets and chairs and stands in both the warm up room and performance site. Drummers should bring their own cymbals, hi-hat stand and bass pedal. Those using amps should bring their own cables. There will be a set of vibes available.

Food: On Saturday we will be selling hambergers, pizza, snacks and beverages from about 11 until we run out for a reasonable cost as well as snacks that are available all day.  Our school cafeteria will be open on Friday.

Judges: We do our best to have the best possible judging pannel so that this is the best possible learning situation for each student and this year we have some very fine judges.

  • Paul Loucckesi
  • James Mooy
  • Warren Balfour

We will make every effort to make this a great festival experience for every band that comes. We can send maps and other information to help in the planning of your trip or they can be downloaded off of this site.  Cuesta College is located a few miles west of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1.

Parking is free all day Friday and Saturday as well as admission to view day performances and clinics.

If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the department at (805) 546-3195.  We are committed to providing an excellent experience for all of our participants.  Thanks once again for choosing to attend the Central Coast Jazz Festival.  We look forward to seeing you March 8th and 9th.

Ron McCarley
Director of Jazz Studies/Festival Director
(805) 546-3100 x2445