Felix Diaz-Contreras

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Photo credits to R.Cabalza Photography

Written by Luke Herzog, Editor

Everyone knows Felix Diaz-Contreras is passionate about music. It’s not difficult to get him talking about his favorite jazz pieces and his love of “gigging.” For his age, the high school senior’s experience in the realm of music is impressive. Felix has played trombone for about eight years now. For the past four, he’s been a member of the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Band (for the last three years as lead trombonist). In addition, Felix became the first PG student to play in the San Francisco Jazz All-Stars — a great achievement. He also has taken part in five tours (three to LA, one to D.C., and one around northern California). Felix is part of a groovy jazz combo, Blue Clay. And, of course, he regularly performs with the PGHS Band.

Felix’s other interests include history and soccer (though he has not played recently). He’s a bass in the high school choir and a founding member of the school’s new barbershop quartet. In total, the senior has been selected to the CCS Honor Choir in each of the last seven years and the CCS Honor Band in each of the last six. For his musical achievements and dedication to his craft, Felix Diaz-Contreras is our Breaker of the Week.