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Summer Jazz Camp is an annual day camp for students entering grades 8-12 who are interested in learning jazz, improvisation and jazz appreciation. Students receive both one to one and group instruction. The camp focuses on performance, basic improvisation and theory, concepts and phrasing, history and appreciation.

“Camp was a really fun experience and it changed the way I think about music and playing guitar.” – Jackson Kachman

The 2018 annual Summer Jazz Camp was held from June 18-28 on the campus of Cabrillo College. The 58 participants, grades 8-12, represented 14 public, charter, and private schools throughout Santa Cruz County and beyond. These dedicated young musicians studied and listened to jazz for nine days, under the direction of Santa Cruz County music educators and professional musicians Steve Wilson and Terrel Eaton. Thank you, campers, for participating in this cultural enrichment program!

Represented Schools Included: Aptos High School, Aptos Junior High School, Branciforte Middle School, Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School, Harbor High School, Maria Carrillo High School, Mission Hill Middle School, Monterey Coast Preparatory School, Ocean Grove Charter School, Pacific Collegiate School, San Lorenzo High School, Santa Cruz High School, Scotts Valley High School, and Soquel High School.

Jazz Camp 2018 was directed by music educators Steve Wilson and Terrel Eaton, with assistance from rhythm section coaches Robert Wider, Robert Mahoney, Jeremy Yanowitz, Zack Olsen, and David McGillicuddy.

Left to right: Bob Weider, Rob Mahoney, Steve Wilson, Terrel Eaton, Zach Olson, Dave McGillicuddy, Jeremy Yanowitz

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Scholarship Information: Limited need-based scholarships are available. We are committed to providing deserving young musicians the opportunity to pursue their passion for music in an intensive jazz instruction environment, regardless of financial resources.

The 2018 Jazz Camp Scholarship Fund made it possible for Kuumbwa to grant all need-based scholarships requested this year. Please join us in a robust round of applause for both our business and individual community leaders that value and support music education: Appenrodt Commercial Properties, Hamilton Land Planning, Rotary Club of Santa Cruz, Brian and Patti Herman, Erik and Judy Johnson, and Robin and Greg Sirakides. Thank you!

Our year round education programs are made possible by generous donations from our many contributors both individuals and businesses and the following Foundations and Agencies: David & Lucile Packard Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Newman’s Own Foundation, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Brian and Patti Herman Donor Advised Fund at CFSCC, David and Abigail Kaun Donor Advised Fund at CFSCC and the Bill Graham Memorial Fund. Thank you!

Our daily cookies are made possible through the generous contribution from the Pacific Cookie Company.

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