River City Swingers at Sac State Winter Jazz Festival, December 12, 2015
River City Swingers at Sac State Winter Jazz Festival, December 12, 2015

The Sacramento Youth Band currently operates many jazz ensembles. The River City Swingers rehearse year-round on Sundays with both Traditional Jazz Combos and Big Band. The band studies a variety of jazz styles including Bebop, Big-Band Swing, Latin Jazz, Funk, Blues, and Traditional Jazz.  The band is intended for music students aged 21 and younger.

The Jazz Band, "River City Swingers"  is directed by Mica Dugan. mica.dugan@sanjuan.edu

River City Swingers
How to Join
Recent Jazz Band Performances
 


Combined combos from the Traditional Jazz Youth Band Festival at Sac State, February 13th, 2016
Combined combos from the Traditional Jazz Youth Band Festival at Sac State, February 13th, 2016

River City Swingers Big Band

The River City Swingers jazz band is an intermediate/advanced ensemble.  This band plays a wide variety of challenging jazz music while preparing for performances around the Sacramento area (jazz festivals, jazz venues, fairs, private events).  Instruments include saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, drums, and vocals.  Seating is assigned based on audition or directors discretion.  This band is comprised of Middle School, High School, and College students. 

This band rehearses on Sunday evenings from 5:15pm to 6:45pm at St. Luke's Church in South Sacramento. Click Here for a map.


River City Swingers Traditional Jazz Combos

The traditional jazz combos focus on group and individual improvisation in a smaller setting with no more than 9 performers at a time.  These groups perform around the Sacramento area (jazz festivals, jazz venues, fairs, private events).  This group is sponsored in part by the Sacramento Tradtional Jazz Society Foundation.
 

This band rehearses on Sunday evenings from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at St. Luke's Church in South Sacramento. Click Here for a map.



 
Take the A Train from the Hot Jazz Jubilee, 2015
Barnburner from Kiwanis Jazz Festival, 2016

What is Hip? from Hot Jazz Jubilee 2015

Night and Day from Hot Jazz Jubilee 2015

Baby It's Cold Outside from Kiwanis Festival 2016

How to Join

If you would like to find out more information or would like to join, please complete the online form on the "Join SYB" page and someone will contact you. If you would like to observe a rehearsal or sit in with the band before doing an audition please indicate that on the form and we will arrange a time for you to do so.

 

Performing at the Dante Club for the Sac Traditional Jazz Society
Performing at the Dante Club for the Sac Traditional Jazz Society

Recent Jazz Band Performances:

Sacramento Music Festival, Old Sacramento
Hot Jazz Jubilee
Parkside Community Church Concert Series
Jazz Sundays at Elks Lodge #6
Pier 39, San Francisco
Sac State Winter Jazz Festival
Kiwanis Jazz Festival
Traditional Jazz Youth Band Festival
Crocker Art Museum
Sacramento Veterans Day Parade
Sacramento Relay for Life
Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz