Dear CAJ members,

As I finish my term as President I am very excited about the growth of CAJ. I’d like to say farewell to the following who have served on the Board and thank them for all that they have done for CAJ: Chris Stevens-Past President, Sarah Owen-Newsletter and Website, Mike Galisatus- CMEA Rep., and Craig Bryant-Secretary. All of the members of our Board have done an amazing job and I am honored to have been able to serve with them.

Our membership continues to grow and we are instrumental in managing all of the jazz concerts and clinics at CASMEC as well as the All-State student jazz ensembles at the convention. Please encourage your students to audition for these wonderful All-State ensembles. All etudes have been posted on the website and can be downloaded for free by directors and students.

Conductors for the 2017 All-State Honor groups will be:
Jr. High, Barb Catlin, Cal Tech and Pomona College
High School, George Stone Cuesta College
Vocal, Roger Treece, Composer, Arranger, Producer and Singer

CAJ is also proud to be a member of the Stand Up 4 Music Coalition which was instrumental in getting AB 2862 through the Assembly and we are hoping this Bill to update the Visual and Performing Arts Standards in California will be passed very soon. Through advocacy and visits to the State capital I hope that CAJ’s voices will be heard to make sure that Jazz remains a vital part of a good education in California. Please go to and register your email address so that you can be notified when music education issues come to the fore in our legislature. Also check out to get info on how music increases brain function and helps our students to do better in school and society.

CAJ is also working to put together an opportunity for your ensembles to have live or recorded clinics. Directors can select specific instrumental clinics or clinics on styles on which their groups need work, and get a one on one clinic from some of the best players and or teachers in the field. Look for that to come online by mid-August.

Please visit our website at and check out the educator resources available to you there as well as the Board page to see how many great educators from our state are working together to promote Jazz in California. Finally, join our organization. We are shaping the course of Jazz Education in California and we need your input and your help.


Lisa Butts
President CAJ