We offer three different jazz big-band programs:
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.
Click here for Application Information on the 2017/2018 season...
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.
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
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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.
The 2017 Mid Level Honor Jazz Band Program is now over. We will begin accepting applications for the 2018 groups next January. Here is information about the past season.
The 2017 North Metro Honor Jazz Band Program is now overr. We will begin accepting applications for the 2018 groups next January. Here is information about the past season.
Youth in Jazz
The Minnesota Youth Jazz Band is organized under
the direction of Youth in Jazz, a Minnesota 501 (c)(3) non-profit.
The purpose of Youth in Jazz is to create opportunities for
young people to learn about and participate in jazz music.
Questions or comments?
Please send an email to
call (651) 784-5136.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.