Big Band Boot Camp

Course Dates: July 14 to July 27, 2014
Application Deadline: May 16, 2014

  • Spend two weeks with accomplished faculty and guest artists Wayne Bergeron, Gordon Goodwin, and others.
  • Advance your jazz skills and energize your pursuit of a successful career in jazz.
  • Perform multiple times a day in an advanced level big band coached by internationally recognized player/educators Jeff Jarvis, Matt Harris, Paul Contos, and John Carnahan.
  • Take daily master classes addressing such topics as jazz interpretation and improvisation, section playing, guided listening, and career management.
  • Gain a competitive edge by learning advanced jazz skills in an intense and concentrated setting – and have great fun in the process!
  • This course will feature two public student performances.

Undergraduate: MUSIC 420, 3 units
Graduate: MUSIC 620, 3 units


This program is designed for motivated university or advanced high school jazz students who want to take their jazz skills to the next level. Applicants should possess section playing and improvisational skills. Students will be exposed to a lot of music, so sightreading skills are a plus.

1)      Submit an mp3 or CD with at least two jazz tunes in contrasting styles. At least one should be in the swing style, and both should demonstrate the applicant’s grasp of style, jazz concept, improvisation (if applying for a solo chair), originality, tone, and general musicianship. Also submit a brief resume describing your accomplishments, awards, and most recent position in a big band.
2)      Send the materials listed in step one with your completed Registration Form to the Summer Arts office by May 16, 2014.

Professor Jeff Jarvis


Wayne Bergeron is one of the most active players on the Los Angeles scene. With studio dates, movie calls, international touring, jazz concerts, guest solo appearances, and clinics, he is constantly on the move! Wayne’s early career includes playing lead trumpet in the Maynard Ferguson Band, which included performing on several of Ferguson’s recordings. Ferguson described Wayne as “the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve ever had in my band.” Wayne’s first recording as a solo artist entitled You Call This A Living? garnered a Grammy Award nomination. His film, television, and sideman credits are too numerous to mention. Wayne is a dominant force in today’s jazz and commercial music scenes.

Even for a successful composer and arranger in Hollywood, Gordon Goodwin’s numbers are impressive: He won a Grammy Award in 2006 for his Instrumental Arrangement of Incredits from the Pixar film The Incredibles, and another Grammy Award in 2012 for his arrangement of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Gordon has three Emmy Awards, and fourteen additional Grammy nominations.

A keyboardist and woodwind player, Gordon has built a larger-than-life reputation throughout the music industry for his composing, arranging and playing skills. Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Johnny Mathis, Toni Braxton, John Williams, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Brian McKnight and Quincy Jones are just a few of the artists with whom he has worked. Gordon has also conducted world-renowned symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Dallas, Utah, Seattle, Toronto and London.