Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 5, and we’ll have school bands playing LIVE from KUVO’s Masterpiece Studio.

At 12 noon, it’s the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts Messengers. (At 3:00 p.m., it’s the CCJA BeBop Police. At 7:00 p.m., it’s Camilla Vaitaitis & Alumni Friends.)

KUVO Studio Club & Beat Collective members, you will receive an invitation via email, be sure to click on the RSVP button to reserve seats for you and your guest.

The Jazz Arts Messengers are the premiere high school ensemble of the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts (CCJA), a unique non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth to creatively express themselves through the language of jazz. These talented young musicians come together from all over the Denver Metro area. Lead by Eric Gunnison.

The CCJA Jazz Arts Messengers are:

  • Hailey Burton, trumpet (Denver School of the Arts)
  • Timothy Bowar, alto sax (Denver School of the Arts)
  • Zach Kaufman, trombone (Silver Creek HS)
  • Brody Mundt, guitar (Longmont HS)
  • Scarlett Before Horses, piano (Denver North HS)
  • Ben Egan, bass (Erie HS)
  • Andrew Elwood, drums (Denver School of the Arts)
  • Simon Von Hatten, drums (Longmont HS)

Eric Gunnison directs the CCJA Jazz Arts Messengers and serves as one of several Professional Musician Mentors in the CCJA program. His credits are deep and wide, including a composition degree from the Berklee College of Music, and positions with Carmen McRae as music director, as well as composing and arranging for the Denver supergroup Convergence and performance credits with Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Christian McBride, Eddie Gomez and many others. He recently retired from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music.

Tune in for the CCJA Jazz Arts Messengers on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 5 at 12 noon on KUVO, on the air (89.3 FM), on the stream (, on the KUVO App, and on KUVO’s YouTube Channel.

LIVE performances on KUVO JAZZ are supported by Bonfils Stanton Foundation, Drum City Guitarland, Grace Design Pro Audio, Listen Up, Flesher-Hinton Music in Wheat Ridge, Schmitt Music – Englewood, and made possible by KUVO’s Studio Club and Beat Collective members.



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