Jazz Combo Camps

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Jazz Combo Camps

Jump into jazz music this summer with a vibrant jazz camp at Miller Creek Middle School! Students will have the opportunity to work with local jazz professionals to improve skills on their individual instruments while exploring jazz, blues, funk and rock music. Players will be exposed to jazz masters, composition, and improvisation. They will be divided into small combo groups of comparable skill levels, and rotated among the instructors to focus on woodwinds, brass and rhythm section skills. At the end of each week, students will perform live for parents and friends.

Morning Combos – Entering 5th and 6th Grade

Includes: Exploring jazz and playing various jazz styles with improvisation in an ensemble setting.
Minimum Experience – One year of experience on your instrument, and a desire to have fun learning to play jazz!

Mon-Fri, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Session 1: June 17 - June 21 (no camp June 19th)
Session 2: June 24 – June 28

Students can sign up for one or two weeks.

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Afternoon Combos – Entering 7th, 8th and 9th Grade

Includes: Students will dig deeper into improvisation, combo arrangements and specific instrumental techniques and their role in the group.
Minimum Experience – Two or more years of experience in a school music ensemble, the ability to read simple melodies and learn more complex melodies, and the desire to play in a jazz combo!

Mon-Fri, 12:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 1: June 17 - June 21
Session 2: June 24 – June 28

Students can sign up for one or two weeks.

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Instructors

Mike Schulist has instructed Science and Jazz Combos at Miller Creek Middle School for the last 25 years. Mr. Schulist’s combos have performed all over Marin County, and recorded 15 CD’s in the studio.

Tyler Graves is an active musician, both teaching and performing, around the Bay Area. In addition to playing trumpet with various jazz groups, Tyler was the band instructional aide for the Miller Creek School District for six years.