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Jen 5 stars on Google

JCI goes beyond the lessons by offering musicians opportunities to perform with other musicians and at many venues. The organization is extremely well run, great prices, easy invoicing, great communication and lesson reminders. The directors, Benje and Ashley Daneman, are amazing. Our son is about to be a senior in high school and the instructors and directors have even helped with advice on college plans, visits, auditions, etc. In addition to lessons, our son was part of the KYJO and got to play at WMU for jazz fest and a live recorded concert, The Union, Hastings jazz fest, kids in tune, all kinds of stuff. Through this he's not only grown as a musician but has also made friendships and connections that will last a lifetime. If you're looking for the best program for growing musicians of all ages in southwest Michigan, you just found it.

Kalamazoo Youth Jazz Orchestra Parent



We thought the experience with KYJO was just amazing for our son! Through his interactions with other students who were also serious about music study, it helped to give him what he needed to push himself to the next level as a musician. Through his relationships with the staff and guest clinicians, he gained a broad and deeper understanding of some of the expectations and experiences of a professional musician. The KJYO experience also helped grow his confidence to take the next steps not only as a musician, but in his life as a young adult. Thanks Benje, Ashley and Staff; KYJO has had a remarkable impact this year and we look forward to what will happen for your program in the future!

I am thoroughly impressed with the Jazz Start Program. My son has attended for two years. This program increased his confidence in improvising and creatively expressing himself through jazz music. Not only do the students learn the fundamentals of jazz, they also grow as a person through communication, music and performance. The participants and the instructors are very encouraging and positive. It is a fantastic program for students with a passion for music!