American Music Program

Under the musical direction of Devin Phillips, THE AMERICAN MUSIC PROGRAM (AMP), part of the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra, is the nation’s premier student orchestra in the United States. The full band will be performing at the 2017 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. Come hear this national award-winning band on the Brewery Main Stage on Tuesday, July 4th. 

Under the direction of acclaimed saxophonist DEVIN PHILLIPS, and having won the Monterey Jazz Festival student competition in 2016, the AMP Big Band was the only student band to perform on the big stage at the famous Monterey Jazz Festival. In addition, AMP's Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra received an outstanding Large Jazz Ensemble award in the 39th annual Downbeat Student Music Awards.

The AMP Band is a program of the Pacific Crest Sinfonietta, a registered not-for-profit organization which is one of the top, nationally recognized leaders in educating 7th-12th grade students in original American music. Students from diverse backgrounds are recruited from throughout the Portland metropolitan area. The Program's goal is not only to learn and perform American music, including Jazz, Blues, swing and contemporary, but also to bring its finest qualities to the lives of students and the community.

American Music Program students leave high school with advanced performance skills and a deep understanding of the music they play. Their rigorous pre-professional training paves the way for many to receive scholarships from top music colleges, including the Julliard School, Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music and more.

Many AMP students have become celebrated music professionals, including triple Grammy winner ESPERANZA SPALDING, saxophonist HAILEY NISWANGER, saxophonist NICOLE GLOVER, and many others.

The AMP's current CD, LIVE AT THE GERDING THEATER - NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES, is available at Music Millennium at the Festival, in store, and on line and at all AMP performances. Proceeds support the program.