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Mid Level Honor Jazz Band Program - 2020

Applications are now closed for the 2020 Mid Level Honor Jazz Band Program.

Check back soon for our 2021 season.

The following information is from the 2020 season.

We're excited to announce that our 2020 Mid Level Honor Jazz Bands Program will start the first week of March. Interested musicians in grades 9 and under are invited to participate. The instrumentation will be that of a traditional jazz big band - saxophones (alto, tenor, bari), trombones, trumpets, piano, bass, drums, and guitar. There will be three bands based on ability. Each band will rehearse 9 weeks, perform one concert and produce a concert DVD. Dave Mendenhall, Jon Dostal, and Andy Nelson will be the directors. There will be a $200 fee for participation. Scholarship money is available in case of financial need.

Apply! - 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! Please apply by mailing in an application, available from your teacher, or download an application here. You may also download a brochure for further information. We'll hold short auditions during early March of 2020 to determine band placement.

Rehearsal Dates: 

Band 1 will rehearse Mondays from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at Scott Highlands Middle School (Apple Valley): 

  • March 9, 16, 30
  • April 6, 13, 20, 27
  • May 4, 11

Band 2 will rehearse Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at Scott Highlands Middle School (Apple Valley): 

  • March 12, 19
  • April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • May 7, 14

Band 3 will rehearse Mondays from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Justice Page Middle School (South Minneapolis):

  • March 9, 16, 23
  • April 6, 13, 20, 27
  • May 4, 11

Drum Set, amplifiers, keyboards & bari sax are provided on site for rehearsals.

Concert Date: Sunday May 17.  Location and time to be announced.

Dave MendenhallDave Mendenhall - Director
Dave has spent the last 39 years as a music educator and freelance musician in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  His school jazz ensembles and bands have earned outstanding recognition at many festivals and conventions. Since retiring in 2010, Dave has continued to perform music, has been the educational chair for the JazzMN Orchestra, and has worked to publish educational band methods. Dave has also served as clinician for various music festivals and has conducted several district and all-state honor bands.
Jon DostalJon Dostal - Director
Jon Jon has taught at Scott Highlands Middle School in Apple Valley for the past four years, and prior to that taught for five years at Twin Cities Academy, a charter school in Saint Paul. Jon graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education. Jon also teaches private lessons and participates in Minnesota Band Directors Association honor band events as well as solo and ensemble festivals. Jon performs regularly with Grand Symphonic Winds, his cover band The NightCaps, and the church worship band at Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina.
Andy NelsonAndy Nelson - Director
Andy has taught instrumental music in public schools for over 15 years, including Justice Page Middle School in Minneapolis, Ramsey Middle School in St. Paul, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and in the Brooklyn Center Public School System. Andy received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from DePaul University in Chicago in 1997, and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of St. Thomas in 2010. Andy is a professional woodwind specialist and has performed with many bands in the Twin Cities, Chicago, and New York City.
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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