Students know that things get real when we come out of our practice rooms and lessons and play with others. This is when we actually become musicians - and that’s very exciting! Our bands program consists of 11-week sessions of weekly faculty coached rehearsals/practices with others. This can be anything from a duo (2 people) all the way up to a full band of 4-6 people.
All rehearsals are an hour long at Jazz and Creative Institute and you’ll use our equipment as needed. And the repertoire needn’t be strictly jazz. Our faculty are well-versed in many genres, including, pop/rock and blues. Tell us what kind of band you need and we’ll help you find it! Three times a year, our bands perform in a big concert that is usually held in a public venue.
options to play with others
Play with a PRO This is your opportunity to meet just with a professional faculty musician every week and perfect songs you are working on. Great for singers and horn players to meet with a pianist or guitar player; or, great for bassists or drummers to meet with our bass/drum faculty. 45mins/week for $178/mo.
Join a DUO: This is two musicians meeting to work on repertoire coached by a faculty member. $480 for 11-wk session or 3 months of $160 each.
Join a TRIO: This is three musicians meeting to work on repertoire coached by a faculty member. $375 for 11-wk session or 3 months of $125 each.
Join a BAND: This is four to six musicians meeting to work on repertoire coached by a faculty member. $375 for 11-wk session or 3 months of $97 each.
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If you’re the type to want both a band experience and a chance to get better on your instrument, consider our Immersion Program and do both!
Audition for a LARGE ENSEMBLE: If you’re a teen or adult (or slightly younger with teacher recommendation), you can audition for one of our Large Jazz Ensembles in October of each year. The season runs November through May and large ensembles are up to 18 musicians/singers in the form of jazz orchestras or other specialty configurations. Click the button to learn more.
Tuition for each band session may be paid up front or divided into 3 months of payments, but we ask that you commit to all 11-weeks for your other band members.
Fall Small Ensemble Session: 11 sessions, Aug - Oct (off 8/27 - 9/2)
Winter Small Ensemble Session: 9 sessions, Nov - Jan (off 11/25 - 12/1, 12/23 - 1/5)
Spring Small Ensemble Season: 14 session, Feb - May (off 3/30 - 4/5)
1 - Get any and all questions you have answered via our website, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at 269-350-4311. Come meet us or see the space first if you like. Attend a jam session or other event to get a feel for what’s happening at JCI if you’d like to (optional).
2 - Complete the New Student Intake Form via the “Join Now” button below.
3 - Find a mutually agreeable day and time to come in and meet with Benje and play for him so he can match you with the best group.
4 - Pay your invoice and get excited to start!