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Camp Director: Paul Hofreiter
Grades 8 – 12
July 31 – August 4
8:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Jazz Combo Boot Camp is a great opportunity for students of all instruments to take their existing knowledge of jazz to the next level by learning to play at a higher level with their peers under the guidance of working jazz professionals. Students will learn how to play in a small jazz combo setting — something not available in most middle/high schools, which usually only offer big band formats.

Melodic, harmonic and rhythmic instrumentalists will learn their roles in a small jazz group and how to “run” the ensemble, all while playing with professional musicians who will drive them past the level at which they normally play in a fun and challenging way. In addition to group lessons based on instrument, students will enjoy specialty classes such as combo class, jazz theory and improvisation, and a short listening class that will tie directly into what they are learning at camp.

Students can better get to know one another during a mid-morning break, during which they can relax and eat a quick snack that they have brought. Jazz Combo Boot Camp will conclude with a final performance on Friday, when the students can show off all they have learned during the week.

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Students enrolling in Jazz Combo Boot Camp must be entering grades 8 through 12 in the fall of 2017.  This is not a camp for absolute beginners—students must have some background in jazz and demonstrate proficiency on their instrument which will allow them to learn tunes quickly and with some independence.  Students should come prepared with one jazz piece of their choosing; faculty will hear the students play at the start of the first day of camp in lieu of an audition.  Students who are new to jazz and in 8th grade should consider signing up for Jazz Starters Camp.

Placement Audition
In lieu of a pre-camp placement audition, students should come prepared with one jazz piece of their choosing. Faculty will hear the students play their piece at the start of the first day of camp.  The students might be asked to do some sight reading of jazz charts and some improvisation.  This process helps us to group students into combos and choose appropriate tunes.

Jazz Combo Boot Camp will be held on the Westminster Choir College campus in Princeton Hall.

Fees Early Bird Discount
(Register by May 15)
$400 $375

$50 Late Fee will be added to tuition for registrations received one week prior to starting date of camp.

Fee includes assignment folder plus a Westminster Conservatory T-shirt.

A non-refundable deposit of $75 per session is due with the application. The balance of the fee is due by June 1. Registrations received after June 1 must pay in full. Cancellations after June 1 will receive a refund (less deposit, above) only if another student can be placed from a waiting list.