Curtis Gaesser | Kelsey Iverson

2015-2016 Awards | 2014-2015 Awards | 2013-2014 Awards | 2012-2013 Awards 

Jimmie Lowder Scholarship Memorial Fund

Folsom High School Music Program

           The Folsom High School Music Program is nationally-recognized for excellence in music. The Marching Band, Jazz Bands and Choirs, and Orchestra win awards at the local, regional, and national level year-after-year. 

DownBeat Magazine Awards

        DownBeat magazine, the monthly Wallstreet Journal of jazz, blues, and roots music, has served as the book of record for the professional jazz world since 1934.  Its Jazz Hall of Fame at Universal Studios’ City Jazz club in Orlando, Florida honors legends including Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock and many, many more.

        Every spring for 40 years, Downbeat devotes an issue to highlighting young musicians at the college, high school and middle school levels.  Features in the annual issue are the results of a national competition in which hundreds of schools submit recordings by their bands and choirs to be heard and judged by professional musicians and critics.  A crucial point of this competition is that the judges are not allowed to know the names of the schools whose recordings they are hearing. This way they can ensure a non-biased result, year after year.  Our Folsom Music high school big band jazz, small combo jazz, jazz choir and middle school jazz bands have collectively earned over 50 awards in this prestigious national and international forum.  

         This year, Folsom High School was recognized in a stunning and exceptional way.  The judges awarded Folsom as having both the best high school jazz big band and the best high school jazz choir in the country!  Additionally, our jazz combo, a smaller group made up of seasoned students who play their own arrangements, were awarded an "Outstanding Performance" and second place in the country.  Be proud, Bulldogs, of your director Curtis Gaesser, and your fellow students who are literally the best in the nation! 

        We continue to salute and admire Folsom Music’s tradition of excellence in music education!  

  • Best High School in the Nation Vocal Jazz Winner: 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • High School Vocal Outstanding Performance: 2006, 2010

  • Best High School Big Band in the Nation Winner: 1993, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • High School Band Outstanding Performance: 2010

  • High School Jazz Combo Outstanding Performance: 2012, 2015, 2017

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Contact Information

Curtis Gaesser    cgaesser@fcusd.org
Kelsey Iverson    kiverson@fcusd.org

Office Administrator: admin@folsommusic.org

PO Box 1464
Folsom, California 95763-1464

Phone: (916) 985-3103
FAX: (916) 985-3307


Folsom High School Music Boosters

The Folsom High School Music Boosters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is promoting excellence through music education, and is realized through the efforts and talents of our dedicated volunteers and community.

We provide fundraising and event support to the Folsom High School music program.