Colorado has an incredible wealth of actors, artists, and musicians to call our own, and it’s astounding to see how many of them came out of Denver East High School.
Many of our Jazz Masters inductees attended East High. Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, and Andrew Woolfolk of Earth, Wind & Fire all went to Denver East High School, and so did Bill Frisell and Ron Miles, as well as prior inductees Judy Collins and Paul Whiteman.
While Philip Bailey was singing in the Youth Choir with future actress Pam Grier,
future guitar great Bill Frisell was playing clarinet in the school band. A few years later, Ron Miles was playing trumpet in the Denver East High Jazz Band with actor Don Cheadle on saxophone.
A long list of renowned Denver East High alumni spanning many generations have all benefited from the remarkable music programs there.
The Denver East High School Music Program is the very first recipient of the Barry Fey Visionary award presented to the school for making great music possible in Colorado.
Denver East High was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall Of Fame, with Jazz Masters class of 2017.