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MiraCosta College Music Department Receives Prestigious Award

Oceanside CA— For the second year in a row, the MiraCosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra (MOJO), received the award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance in the 39th Annual Student Music Awards presented by the nation’s premier magazine for jazz music, DownBeat.

“I could not be more excited! DownBeat is an international publication and really lends credibility and a big thumbs up to what MOJO and the college’s music department is doing,” said MiraCosta College music instructor, Steve Torok.

DownBeat magazine was first published in 1934 and is the most prominent jazz publication in the world. Every year the magazine selects the best student bands from around the country in a number of divisions. The bands submit recordings, which are then evaluated by a panel of internationally celebrated jazz performers and educators. The recordings are anonymous and ranked by the panel based solely on musicality.

To see the full list of this year’s winners, view the June 2016 issue at