The EMANON Jazz Orchestra is a youth jazz big band in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, formed in the summer of 2006. The founders saw a need for the existence of a group that allowed talented high school and college musicians to have an additional performance outlet outside of their respective schools during the summer months.
The band was founded by Marc Cervantes, then Director of Bands at Molina High School in Dallas, and Kevin McNerney, Associate Professor of Music at Collin College in Plano.
EMANON (read it backwards; it's a tribute to a Dizzy Gillespie tune, along with the fact that we had trouble coming up with another name) has traditionally met every Thursday afternoon from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. during the months of June, July and the first part of August. Rehearsals during 2006 and 2007 were held at Molina High School in Dallas, but the location change in the future. Membership is by invitation only; the directors solicit recommendations from band directors and private instructors in the area, as well as from other members of the ensemble.
EMANON presented its first concert on August 4, 2006 in the Molina auditorium. (Special thanks to the Fine Arts Department of the Dallas Independent School District for their sponsorship of this concert).
SPECIAL NOTE FROM KEVIN: Due to my knee injury and subsequent surgery, EMANON remained on the back burner for the summer of 2009, and economic concerns kept it from returning in the recent past. However, I am still very big on the concept and hope to re-launch it next year. Watch this page for more information about the 2013 edition of EMANON and its new location.