What to bring:

  • Instrument
  • Pencils
  • Snacks
  • Lunch with drink
  • Water bottle
  • Face mask
  • Sunscreen 

Jazz Boot Camp 

One week session 
July 26–30 
9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Monday–Thursday), 9 a.m.–2 p.m. (Friday) 
Rising 6th through rising 12th graders 
Arrival/dismissal zone: Blue 
$440 

PREREQUSITE: At least one full year of experience with instrument required. Students must also be proficient in sight-reading. 

The Landon Summer Jazz Boot Camp offers serious music students an opportunity to spend an entire week immersed in advancing their jazz knowledge and musical ability. Led by a faculty of inspiring and talented musicians, this camp gives students the chance to expand their instrumental talents, explore musical techniques, and experience the joy of reaching their highest potential. Jazz instruments include saxophone, trombone, trumpet, guitar, piano, bass, drums and vibes. This camp is designed for advanced music students who are experienced with their instrument and proficient in sight-reading. 

Jazz orchestra and jazz combos meet on a daily basis to implement the essentials of jazz performance in both large and small ensemble settings. Intensive jazz workshops and master classes are established to study elements of improvisation, reading chord changes, and the appropriate use of chord scales and melodic development. On the first day of camp, students will receive a brief one-on-one assessment with an instructor to determine placement for seating. The assessment will include Bb, F and C blues scales, G and D dominant seventh scales, a short prepared piece, and sight-reading. The week culminates with a spectacular Friday concert at 1 p.m. showcasing the group’s talent. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 pandemic precautions, family and friends are not permitted on campus to watch our performance, but a recording will be available. 

Sample Daily Schedule

9–10 a.m.

Jazz theory

10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Rehearsal for big band

12–12:30 p.m.

Lecture/video

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Lunch/free time

1:30–2 p.m.

Sectionals with guest clinicians

2–4 p.m.

Small ensembles

4–4:30 p.m.

Break

4:30–5 p.m.

Rail time with combo tunes

Also included are a general camp meeting, warm-ups, sessions on fundamentals, concepts and sight-reading, and improvisations. 

Also check out Band Clinics and Orchestra Clinics