Monday, June 20, 2011

Webster University jazz combo camp
set for July 11 to July 15

Webster University will present a jazz combo camp for high school, college and adult students starting Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15 on its campus in Webster Groves, 470 E. Lockwood Ave.

Campers will meet daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a curriculum that includes master classes for specific instruments; ensemble rehearsals; classes in music theory and jazz styles; and seminars covering topics such as big band techniques, rhythm section playing, music technology, composition, music business, Latin music and jazz history.

The camp is directed by Webster's director of jazz studies, saxophonist and associate professor of music Paul DeMarinis (pictured). The list of faculty members includes most of the jazz instructors from Webster: pianists Kim Portnoy, Carolbeth True and Carol Schmidt; guitarists Steve Schenkel, Dave Black and Tom Byrne; bassists Jay Hungerford, Ric Vice and Willem Von Hombracht; trumpeters Randy Holmes, Malcolm McDuffie and Dan Smith; saxophonists Willie Akins, Mike Karpowicz and Chris Braig; trombonists James Martin and Wayne Coniglio; and drummers Kevin Gianino and Ron Carr.

The enrollment fee for the camp is $225. The St. Louis Jazz Club provides educational material for each attendee, plus a limited number of scholarships. The Webster Jazz Studies Program also provides a limited number of reduced tuition scholarships. Primary music instructors of students who may need financial assistance to attend this year’s camp should contact DeMarinis at 314-968-7039.

For more information, see this brochure (.pdf file) or call 314-968-7032.

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