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Jazz Camp by Mile High Jazz Band returning to Carson City

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Students perform in last year’s Jazz Camp.
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Student musicians are invited to learn the ins and outs of jazz music in a five-day workshop coming weekdays June 7-13.

Mile High Jazz Band Association, in cooperation with Carson Middle School, is presenting Jazz Camp with sessions for middle- and high-school musicians.

The camp will be held in the band room at Carson Middle School, 1140 W. King St.

Beginning and advanced sessions are open to students from Carson City and surrounding areas in Northern Nevada and California.

The introductory Jazz Explorers Camp, from 9 to 10:15 a.m. each day, is for middle-school students who want a sample of what playing jazz music is all about. It includes learning the blues scale, improvisation skills, and swing and rock styles. The registration fee includes music, instruction, and snacks.

The Jazz Ensemble Camp, from 10:30 a.m. to noon each day, is for experienced middle-school and high-school musicians, including graduated seniors. Students will prepare songs in various jazz styles, learn solos, and perform in a public concert. The registration fee includes music, instruction, snacks, and a performance with the Mile High Jazz Band at 7 p.m. June 13 at McFadden Plaza.

Organizer-director is Nick Jacques, band director at Carson Middle School, with guest instructors from the Mile High Jazz Band.

Registration is required at http://www.cmsbands.org. Guest instructors include UNR Professor Dr. Andrew Heglund and UNR senior Brandon Dodge, who will demonstrate mallet percussion and performance, and members of the Mile High Jazz Band.

Students may register for one or both sessions. The fee for Jazz Explorers is $25 for the week; for Jazz Ensemble is $40; and for both is $55. Payment by cash or check payable to “MHJB” is due the first day of camp. Some scholarships will be available.

For information, contact Nick Jacques at 775-283-2867 or njacques@carson.k12.nv.us.

Mile High Summer Jazz Camp is supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.