UNLV Jazz wins six Downbeat Student Music Awards 2022

The UNLV Division of Jazz and Commercial Music is proud to announce the winners of six prestigious DownBeat Student Music Awards 2022. These awards will be published in DownBeat MagazineJune issue.

Established in 1976, the DownBeat Student Music Awards are considered the most prestigious awards in jazz education. Hundreds of musicians, music teachers and music industry professionals have received their first international recognition as recipients of the DownBeat Student Music Award. The UNLV Jazz & Commercial Music program has won 39 DownBeat Student Music Awards since 2010.

“The six DownBeat Student Music Awards won by UNLV in 2022 demonstrate the sustained creative output of our dedicated and talented students. We continue to be proud of the worldwide recognition our students receive for their dedication and commitment to musical excellence,” said Dave Loeb, UNLV Division Manager of Jazz and Commercial Music.

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • UNLV Jazz Ensemble I, led by teachers Dave Loeb and Nathan Tanouye, received the Outstanding Performance award in the Asynchronous Large Jazz Ensemble Graduate College category.

  • The Contemporary Ensemble, conducted by Julian Tanaka, received the Outstanding Performance Award in the Blues/Pop/Rock Group Graduate College category.

  • The Contemporary Ensemble also won the outstanding performance of the group Asynchronous Blues/Pop/Rock Graduate College.

  • The Latin Ensemble, led by Uli Geissendoerfer, won the outstanding performance in the University College category for the Latin group.

  • Keegan Carter won the Outstanding Composition Small Ensemble award in the Undergraduate College category for his composition “Destino de la Suerte”.

  • Keegan Carter is also the winner of the undergraduate Engineered Studio Recording college for his engineering on Laura Taylor’s “Ill Wind” found on the UNLV album To look upward.

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