Milton Academy is a private high school near Boston, USA. With students from 21 countries and 26 states, the 240 year old school has an outstanding academic focus and its alumni include T.S. Eliot, Buckminster Fuller, Robert Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Governor Deval Patrick and James Taylor.
Milton Academy jazz students love South African jazz. Upon hearing the group perform his compositions, South Africa’s beloved jazz musician, Abdullah Ibrahim invited the Milton jazz group to tour South Africa in 1992. Milton Academy jazz students are now touring South Africa for the 12th time and have several ongoing connections with South African township music programs. On these tours, the Milton jazz groups have delivered over $230,000 of music materials to South African schools.
Since its beginning 45 years ago, Milton Academy’s Jazz Program has grown steadily from six students in one group to sixty students in seven groups. The Milton Academy Jazz Combo has twice been recognized as the “Best High School Jazz Group” by DownBeat magazine. They have performed in 15 states, 8 countries, at European jazz festivals, at ten international jazz education conferences, on four nationally broadcast PBS radio shows and twice at the White House for President Clinton. They have also opened and/or played for Abdullah Ibrahim, Desmond Tutu, Danny Glover, Jim Hall, Dave Holland, Elvin Jones, Thelonious Monk Jr., James Taylor and Victor Wooten. Bob Sinicrope is the program’s founder and director. He is the Inaugural Recipient of the John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year in 2007 and is the Past President of the Jazz Education Network. Bob is a jazz bassist and has visited South Africa several times as a player/educator and offered clinics throughout South Africa and in dozens of other countries on six continents. He also teaches for Jamey Aebersold’s Summer Jazz Workshops and Victor Wooten’s Berklee College Bass Weekend Workshop.