Jazz & Creative Institute

Bands Program

Music isn’t played in a vacuum, so why would you learn it in one?

This rhythm section of guitar, bass, and drums works together to provide a solid groove on stage at the Union Cabaret and Grille in February 2019.

This rhythm section of guitar, bass, and drums works together to provide a solid groove on stage at the Union Cabaret and Grille in February 2019.

 
 

Bands Program

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.

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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.

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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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ADD PRIVATE LESSONS AT A DISCOUNT

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 ages 10 - 18 you can audition for one of our Youth Large 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. 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.

session Dates

  • Summer Session: Monday 7/8 - Sunday 9/29 (no rehearsals Aug 27 - Sep 2, 2019)

  • Fall Session: Monday 9/30 - Sunday 12/22 (no rehearsals Nov 25 - Dec 1, 2019)

  • Winter Session: Monday 1/13 - Sunday 3/29

  • Spring Session: Monday 4/6 - Sunday 6/28 (no rehearsals May 22 - 28, 2020)

Enrollment Process

1 - Get any and all questions you have answered via our website, emailing liz@jazzandcreative.com 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.

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!