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Beginning in June 2018, Bay Area Pathways Academy launched yet another successful six-week summer program at the College of San Mateo, serving more than 400 students in grades 6 through 9 from both near and far, including from San Mateo County, a cohort of middle school students from Japan, and a cohort of scholarship-support students from East Palo Alto.

Students in CSM’s Digital Media department have created a brand new digital radio station. The new station, KDOG (a play off CSM’s Bulldog mascot), is streaming online, 24/7, at collegeofsanmateo.edu/kdog.

Students in the CSM Jazz Ensemble had the experience of a lifetime at the Monterey Jazz Next Generation Festival in early March. The ensemble was selected for the festival as one of just six college and university ensembles nationwide.

If there was a Super Bowl for jazz ensembles, it would be the Monterey Jazz Next Generation Festival, and the College of San Mateo Jazz Ensemble will be competing there on March 11.

As a founding member of The Grateful Dead, Lesh is well known for his virtuous bass playing and ability to improvise, but before he started that long strange trip he spent many years studying music. You can listen to a rare recording of Phil Lesh on trumpet with San Mateo College Jazz Band from April 4, 1959.

Over 400 high school jazz musicians from Contra Costa, San Mateo, San Francisco, and Santa Clara counties were on display. The students had the opportunity to perform, share musical experiences, and learn from nationally recognized jazz artists and educators.

As the date of KCSM’s annual jazz festival approaches, several musicians from far and wide are preparing to pack their bags and head to the CSM campus to join Bay Area musicians and music lovers.

Mike Galisatus leads a double life. By day, he’s Director of Bands at the College of San Mateo. By night, he’s an esteemed jazz trumpeter. He leads the Mike Galisatus Big Band, which plays Angelica’s in Redwood City on Sunday.

The College of San Mateo Jazz Ensembles, directed by Mike Galisatus, will present a concert with guest artist drummer, Carl Allen on Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 PM in the College of San Mateo Theatre.

KCSM, which began as a learning center for broadcasting students, has programmed jazz full-time since 1988, outlasting KJAZ, which folded in 1994. In fact, much of that legendary station’s music library — more than 12,000 albums — is now at KCSM.