Don't miss the chance to study with these internationally recognized faculty members!
Clipper Anderson, Bass
Nick Biello, Saxophone
Darin Clendernin, Piano
Mike Dahl, Coordinator/Piano/Trumpet
Ted DeCorso, Artistic Director, Clarinet, Saxophone
Ed Donohue, Trumpet
Randy Halberstadt, Piano
Larry Holloway, Bass
Greg Hopkins, Trumpet
Mark Ivester, Drums
Kevin Krentz, Cello
Peter Krysa, Violin
Martin Kuuskmann, Bassoon
Andy Marshall, Jazz Choir
Greta Matassa, Vocal Jazz
Jon Mutchler, Jazz Piano & Theory
Jack Perla, Composer & Pianist
Christopher Woitach, Guitar
The Blaine Jazz Festival is presented by the Pacific Arts Association
and the City of Blaine, in cooperation with the Blaine School District.
Our Concert Series:
In addition to our formal educational program, the Blaine Jazz Festival features a series of concerts during the week.
10th Annual Blaine Jazz Festival
July 10-16, 2011
Six exciting days of music!!
Learn from the best! Play with the best! Bring out your best!
Click on this link to Vimeo.com to see a short video of last year's camp...
We have something for everyone. We have instrumental jazz, vocal jazz and instrumental "Fusion" (formerly known as Classics Plus) for all you string and woodwind players.
You'll have classes, rehearsals and performances with internationally known musicians from all over the world. The Student Showcase Concert on Friday evening puts you on stage with all students and faculty.
Instrumentalists will be placed in performance groups and classes based on their skill levels. The jazz bands will be playing big band arrangements that will most likely range from swing to Latin, blues, jazz-rock and other big band forms.
In addition to jazz bands, we have classes for beginners who cannot read music, and a course called Let's Rock in which rhythm section players work with our rhythm section faculty to develop excellent performance skills for their rock/jazz pieces in our final concert. Our jazz and rock groups are put together by our Artistic Director, Ted DeCorso (clarinet, saxophone), Director of the Sun Coast Symphony in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area.
Fusion (formerly Classics Plus)
Apply your classical training to jazz, rock and funk! Students who are classically oriented may elect our Fusion program (for strings, including electric bass, woodwinds and brass, keyboard, acoustic and electric guitar, and percussion). This program is headed up by world-renowned bassoonist, Martin Kuuskmann.
A typical schedule will have you doing your big group work in the mornings (Jazz Band I; Jazz Band II; Let's Rock; Fusion) with the afternoons devoted to instruction/practice in theory, improv and application in performance thru working in combos, jazz labs, and small groups. Vocal students have solo vocal work in the morning with choir work in the afternoon sessions. For more info on concerts during the week click on "Concert Schedule" above.
**Note: It is possible to participate in both instrumental and vocal work. You would do your large group/band in the morning, and the jazz choir in the afternoon. It is also possible to participate in both Jazz and Fusion groups (schedule to be determined when camp begins).
Private Lessons are also available at $25/per half hour and are given from 4:00-5:30pm.