WJMAC 2019 Summer Jazz Camp July 15-19

5-day jazz performance intensive for students high school age and older. Classes and rehearsals will be held at the Sylvia Center for the Arts in downtown Bellingham from 10-5 Monday 7/15 to Friday 7/19, with the final combo performances that afternoon.

Faculty will include Thomas Harris (woodwinds), Kevin Woods (brass), Roger Yamashita (bass), Christian Casolary (drums), and Sage Romey (piano, voice), as well as additional guest clinicians TBA. Students will rehearse in a combo setting and be instructed in jazz theory, improvisation, small group performance, and jazz history.

Tuition is $325 for the week, with a deposit of $150 due June 1st. To register, download a registration form HERE, and mail the form along with a check to:

Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center
PO Box 312
Bellingham, WA 98225

Student Combo Classes

Combo classes are held every Monday from 7-9pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, October through June. Click here to contact us for more information. See below for enrollment information.



Photo by Leon James Photography

Students will rehearse and be instructed by some of the best jazz musicians in the northwest. Students will learn basic song forms like blues and rhythm changes as well as standard songs of the jazz idiom. They will learn how to perform and interact in a small group setting, how to improve their soloing, reading, and improvising skills.

Some of the combos for more advanced students will be themed and based in the style of an historic jazz band such as the Art Blakey and the Jazz Messenger's combo, Miles Davis combo, Horace Silver combo etc. Students will have the opportunity to perform multiple concerts at the venue space itself and will learn how to plan a proper set list and prepare for, and run a gig.

The monthly tuition covers the weekly rehearsals and also includes full membership at WJMAC so that the students can hear all of the great groups performing, without additional cost.

Student Combo Membership: $125/month

Pay monthly online with a credit card, $125/month (click the button below to enroll)
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Pay by check at class for the current quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring), $375

Student Membership Includes:

  • Weekly jazz combo classes led by some of the region's best jazz musicians.
  • Full membership to attend all concerts at WJMAC free of charge.
  • Performing multiple times for the public.

The Jazz Combo program begins on October 1, with instructors mentoring students in jazz combo performance and improvisation. The program hopes to grow jazz talent and jazz awareness in students of all ages through these weekly classes, as well as giving them the opportunity to hear the music performed live.

Enroll and pay online

or send an email to education@wjmac.org

Coming Up...

Bill Anschell Trio

Wednesday April 24th 7PM

Birch Pereira and The Gin Joints

Wednesday May 1st 7PM