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The “tRio” From Rio Americano High

Vanessa S. Nelson / Capital Public Radio

The Rio Americano High Jazz "tRio," composed of Jake Nalangan (piano), Maddy Hill (bass) and Joseph Bly (drums), gets ready to perform in the CapRadio Music studios.

Vanessa S. Nelson / Capital Public Radio

Pianist Jake Nalangan, bassist Maddy Hill and drummer Joseph Bly make up the tRio.

All three have received various solo awards and honors independently through the Sacramento State Traditional Jazz Festival (best high school pianist, bassist and drummer), and the group was one of six in the nation selected to the 2017 Monterey Next Gen Festival.

Earlier this year the tRio was named Best High School Small Combo in the country by DownBeat magazine.

Maddy also plays in the popular punk band Freecandy!, which recently toured Northern California and the Bay Area.  The “tRio” is under the direction of Maxwell Kiesner and Joshua Murray.

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