Introducing the 2015-2016 Brubeck Fellows!

The Brubeck Institute is proud to welcome its new 2015-2016 Brubeck Fellows! They include pianist Max Holm (Florida), Emmett Sher (New York), Zane DeBord (Illinois), Tim Angulo (California) and returning for his second year, Lucas Bere (California).

Lucas BereReturning for his second year will be Saxophonist Lucas Bere. Lucas is a 2014 graduate of Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, CA, and has been playing saxophone since the age of 10. Bere has garnered soloist awards from the Monterey, Folsom, Reno, Sacramento State, Charles Mingus, and Essentially Ellington Jazz Festivals, and was lead tenor in the California All-State Jazz Ensemble. Lucas has performed with Donny McCaslin, Avishai Cohen, The Wee Trio, and The Mingus Big Band.



Max HolmJazz pianist Max Holm began studying classical violin at age 6.  When, at age 14, he heard Keith Jarrett, he switched instruments and genres.  Holm received the 2014 Essentially Ellington Competition Outstanding Soloist Award, was the only US high school student awarded the 2015 Jazz Education Network Founders Scholarship, and was chosen for the 2014 Jazz Band of America. As a member of Utah's Crescent Super Band, he has played arena shows to 19,000 persons. He's performed with many greats, including Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste, and Kirk Whalum.  He'll appear on Grammy award-winning Jeff Coffin's next album.


Emmett SherGuitarist Emmett Sher is a 2015 graduate of LaGuardia High School in New York City and has been playing guitar since age 10. Emmett was a member of the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band and was also the assistant musical director of the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra. He received a YoungArts Merit award for jazz guitar in 2015 and participated in YoungArts New York week. He participated in both the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony as well as the Skidmore Jazz Institute. He received an outstanding soloist award from the Charles Mingus and Essentially Ellington regional competitions.



Zane DeBordBassist Zane DeBord is a 2015 graduate of the Chicago High School for the Arts. He began playing electric bass at thirteen, switching to upright after becoming enthralled with jazz his freshman year in High School. Since then, he has been an involved member of the Chicago jazz scene, working with the Ravinia Jazz Scholars, Gallery 37, and the Jazz Institute of Chicago, as well as with international organizations such as the Thelonious Monk Institute and the JEN conference. He has worked with artists such as Bobby Broom, Dennis Carroll, and Bobby Watson.



Timothy Angulo

Drummer Timothy Angulo, from Berkeley, California, has been studying jazz since the age of 14. Throughout his musical career he has been a member of groups such as The Young Musicians Choral Orchestra, SF Jazz High School All-Stars, and The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (2015). Growing up in the Bay Area Tim has been mentored by and been able to play with great local musicians such as Faye Carol, Geechi Taylor, Howard Wiley, Marcus Shelby, Sly Randolph, Joe Warner, Jeff Chambers, David Ewell, Mike Aaberg, and Teodross Avery.



About University of the Pacific's Brubeck Institute:

The Brubeck Institute's Fellowship Program is a one or two-year full-scholarship program in jazz performance for up to five musicians who have just graduated from high school. These are the Brubeck Fellows and they comprise the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ). They study with Institute faculty, visiting jazz educators, artists, clinicians, and Bay area professionals. They perform extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad in universities, high schools, civic centers, on concert series, in clubs and on jazz festivals. To date the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet has been recognized seven times by Downbeat Magazine as the Best Undergraduate College Jazz Group in the nation.

Established by the University of the Pacific in 2000, The Brubeck Institute impacts society through the arts, continuing the life's work of Dave and Iola Brubeck in education, community engagement and as a catalyst for social change. Institute programs include The Brubeck Collection, The Brubeck Festival, The Outreach Program, The Summer Jazz Colony and The Brubeck Fellowship Program. Brubeck Fellows, comprising the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, are winners of seven DownBeat awards for best collegiate jazz group in the country. University of the Pacific, with campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco, was established in 1851 as the first chartered university in California. Visit for more information about Dave Brubeck, The Brubeck Institute and The Brubeck Festival.

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