The Central Coast Jazz Festival (CCJF) is a competitive jazz festival hosted by Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo for Middle School, High School and College/University Big Bands and Combos. Last year we had great bands with an excellent judging panel and Bob Reynolds was amazing. This year we are going to have The Fantasy Cuesta Big Band perform Friday Night, which will be an amazing evening.

The festival date has been set for March 8th and 9th. All of the performances on Friday March 9th will have a judging pannel and receive clinics, but may or may not have published scores according to how the divisions work out across the two days.

We are planning to have The Fantasy Cuesta Big Band perform Friday night of the festival with the Cuesta Jazz groups, and on Saturday we are offering a host of instrument specific clinics with a collection of professional musicians.

In the green box on the left you will find an application and closer to the festival a schedule of bands. After the festival it will be possible to check back and see each band's scores.

Jazz at Cuesta College

Cuesta college has a long history of excellence in jazz education. We have students transfer to the most of the best jazz schools in the Western United States and many even with scholarships! Here are just a few of the reasons why a talented jazz student might consider starting at Cuesta College:

  • Award winning ensembles: two big bands and eight combos!
  • One of only two Jazz Studies AA program in California!
  • Free-private lesson program (applied music) for all music majors with professional musicians on all major instruments
  • Amazing Recording Arts Program and studio
  • Modern beautiful sounding facilities
  • Located right on Highway 1 between San Luis Obispo and beautiful Morro Bay


If you have any questions about Cuesta College or our festival please don't hesitate to contact me or our Festival Coordinator, Michelle Write (805-546-3195) and be sure to check out our "Cuesta Music Page" on the left to see what is happening here at Cuesta.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you here.

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