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Carlos McCoy
M.M., Sacramento State
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Courses/Areas Taught
  • Latin Jazz

Professor Carlos McCoy

Carlos McCoy

Carlos McCoy has been directing the Sacramento State Latin Jazz Ensemble since 2012. He received his Bachelors of Music degree as well as his Masters degree from California State University, Sacramento, and he also holds a performance certificate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Carlos has studied woodwinds with such prominent artists as Harry Skoler and Dan Zinn.

While completing his undergraduate degree, Carlos received the Reno Jazz Festival's Outstanding Saxophonist award in 2007, toured Europe performing at the Vienne, Umbria and Montreux festivals, and was selected from a nationwide audition to play in the lead chair for the Disney All-American College Band. He also had the opportunity to back up or perform with many prominent performers including Bob Florence, Wayne Bergeron, Marcus Printup, Bobby Shew, Mike Vax, Ingrid Jensen, Rebecca Mauleon, Dann Higgins, Conrad Herwig, Pete Christlieb, Dave Pietro, Donnie McCaslin, Steve Turre and many more.

Professional appearances include performing with a variety of greats including Rock and Roll hall of fame artists The Dells, Papa J (Sly and the Family Stone), Bobby Escovedo and Grammy Award winners Jamie Dubberly and Carlos Caro. Carlos is currently an in demand sideman and woodwind instructor, and leads his own 8-piece Latin orchestra and a quartet which has performed at many prestigious events. He recently completed his first CD recording entitled May is Gone, which features some of the most talented young and seasoned musicians in the state.