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Carlos McCoy
M.M., Sacramento State
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Professor Carlos McCoy

Carlos McCoy Carlos McCoy has been directing the Sacramento State Latin Jazz Ensemble since 2012. He received his Bachelors of Music and 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, Dan Zinn and Mike McMullen.

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 alto chair for the Disney All-American College Band. He also had the opportunity to back up many prominent performers including Bob Florence, Wayne Bergeron, Marcus Printup, Bobby Shew, Mike Vax, Ingrid Jensen, Rebecca Mauleon, Dann Higgins, Conrad Herwig, Pete Christlieb and others. 

Professional appearances include performing with a variety of greats including Rock and Roll hall of fame artists  The Dells, Jerry Martini (Sly and the Family Stone), Lee Shapiro (Frankie Valli and the Seasons), grammy winners Carlos Caro and Jamie Dubberly (Pacific Mambo Orchestra), Bobby Escovedo, Delbert Bump, Calito Madrano, David Bass, Jeff Chambers, as well as world class salsa performers Abel Figueroa, NG2, Herman Olivera, and Willy Torres.  Carlos is currently an in demand sideman and woodwind instructor, and leads his own Latin jazz group which has performed at many prestigious events.