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Full School Year Band Program - 2018

The Full School-Year Bands are now in session for the 2017/2018 season!

2018/2019 Applications are now open.

2018/2019 - Our 15th Season!
The Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands will hold auditions for our 2018/2019 season during August of 2018. Each audition will last about 20 minutes. You will be notified approximately two weeks prior to your audition date of your audition time.

If you're interested in having a great time learning challenging jazz music in the company of other fine young musicians, we hope you'll join us!

The full school-year bands are open by audition to all musicians high school age or younger in the greater Twin Cities area. Three bands rehearse weekly, perform several concerts, and record a CD during the school year. The purpose of the program is to give young musicians further opportunities to learn and perform together, in an environment of high expectations and standards.

The instrumentation of each band is: five saxophones (two altos, two tenors, one baritone), four trombones, five trumpets, piano, bass, drums, and guitar. Auditions for the 2017/2018 season are held in August of 2017.

Rehearsal schedule for the full school-year program:
We have three bands, based on ability.

Rehearsals for Jazz I & Jazz II are Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:15 PM in Edina.
Rehearsals for Jazz III are Saturday mornings from 9:30-11:15 AM in Apple Valley.

Click here for the 2018/2019 application form

Click here to download a brochure

Application Instructions
Please download an application form and print it out on your printer. Fill out and sign, along with your parent or guardian's signature.

Mail it In!
Send your completed application to:

Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands
950 Scenic Dr.
Shoreview MN 55126

We will contact you with further details.

Thank You for your interest!

David Mitchell - Director
Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands

David MitchellDavid Mitchell - Director
David Mitchell has been a professional jazz musician, educator, and businessman for the past 30 years. Over the past 11 years, David's jazz quartet has done over 600 performances and clinics in Twin Cities' schools for thousands of young musicians, all funded by a grant. David's main instrument is the saxophone.

David has studied and played with numerous well known jazz musicians including Louis Bellson, Eddie Daniels, Lou Marini, and Dave Liebman. David has taught jazz theory and performance in a variety of settings, to students ranging from grade school to college. David was also founder and president of an Inc. 500 computer consulting company, and received a state Entrepreneurial award from Governor Arne Carlson.
Phil HolmPhil Holm - Director
Trumpeter Phil Holm has performed in the Twin Cities for many years. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. Holm has over 20 years of experience as a jazz educator. A former band director at Southview Middle School in Edina, he now appears at many jazz festivals around the country as an adjudicator & clinician. He also plays regularly with the rock-horn band Casablanca Orchestra (CBO), and formerly played with the Stud Brothers. Holm also performs with the jazz fusion big band, Bozo Allegro.
Bill Henry - Director Bill Henry - Director
Bill Henry has been a band director in Minnesota for the last 37 years. He taught instrumental music at Eastview High School in Apple Valley from the opening of the school in 1997 and also served as the music and dance department coordinator. Previous positions include Rosemount High School, Scott Highlands Middle School and the Albert Lea Public Schools. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College and a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University. He is an accomplished jazz pianist, big band arranger, and has served on the board for both the Minnesota Music Educators and the Minnesota Band Directors Associations. In 2011, he was recognized by the Minnesota Music Educators Association as Minnesota Music Educator of the year. Bill's Eastview Jazz Ensembles earned outstanding recognition in many regional jazz festivals and rave reviews for Eastview's annual Bravo productions.
For more information – please call us or email us

Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands,
950 Scenic Drive, Shoreview MN 55126
Ph: (651) 784-5136
Email: david.mitchell@comcast.net

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