Jack Mason – Chaffey College, Alta Loma, California (Retired) B.M. and M.M. (Music Composition), Univ. of Arizona Mr. Mason, who developed the instrumental music program at Chaffey College in the 1970’s and 80’s is presently adjudicating music festivals and giving clinics as well as arranging tours for school music groups to perform in the major European jazz festivals. His clinic presentations have also taken him to Canada, Europe, Great Britain and Indonesia.
He is a former guest director of the California State Honor Jazz Band (1981 and 1983) as well as the SCSBOA Honor Jazz Band in 1986. His Chaffey College Jazz Ensemble was awarded the National College Jazz Band “Recording Of The Year” in 1978 by Downbeat Magazine. He was the founder/director of the Chaffey College Jazz Festival, which, at one time, hosted 150 bands and combos.
His jazz ensembles performed with many outstanding guest artists throughout the western U.S. and also made five performance tours to Europe and Great Britain as well as five tours to Canada and Hawaii.