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 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.
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 email@example.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 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!