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We are saddened to report that Jesse passed to the side of God on February 6, 2014 after a very long



illness.  PLEASE VIEW JESSE’S VIDEO ON OUR “HEAR THE BAND” PAGE.





A  native of Arizona, Jesse began performing publicly in 1958 at the age of 10 playing alongside his father in The Frank Estrada Band.  His family moved from Douglas to Tucson in the summer of 1962 and Jesse began leading and/or performing with dozens of combos and big bands.   He has co-led, arranged for, and directed both the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and our band.

Jesse has accompanied or shared the stage with Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Landon,

Marilyn McCoo, Buck Trent, Joe Williams, Johnny Cash, Phyllis Diller, The Four Tops, The Box Tops, Linda Ronstadt, Jerry Lewis, Wayne Newton, The Temptations, and Tommy Newsome to name a few.  Jesse is a consummate musician in every respect.

In 2014, Jesse is celebrating his 56th year as a professional musician and is highly respected by all who have performed with or know him.

JESSE TOVAR  (Lead) Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Flute