School of Music
Summer Band Camp


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Jazz at ECU Summer Band CampOVERVIEW
Students will participate in daily jazz combo and Large Ensemble rehearsals, theory, listening and instrument master classes, and jazz improvisation classes. This curriculum is designed to focus on skills necessary to improvise in the jazz idiom. Eligibility for this camp is open to rising 7th grade through 12th grade and all levels of ability from beginning to advanced are welcome. Staff is comprised of ECU Jazz Faculty augmented by several leading jazz professionals from around the state.

Arrival and check-in is Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 pm, followed by an informal audition used to determine combo placement. Every effort will be made to place participants with similar experience in the same combos. The final concert will be held in the Fletcher Music Center Recital Hall at 2:00 pm on Friday. Be sure to schedule family activities to allow students to remain for the entire camp. Early departure creates hardships for the musical organizations and a feeling of lack of completion for the student, as a main focus of the camp is the final concert.

Dr. Jeff Bair – Jazz Director
Ryan Hanseler – Combos

Bryan Castro – Large Ensemble


TIME JAZZ Track Schedule
7:30 AM  Breakfast
9:00 AM  Morning Combo Rehearsal
10:00 AM  Jazz Theory Class
11:00 AM  Improvisation Class
12:00 PM  Lunch at Todd Dining Hall
1:00 PM  Listening Class
1:30 PM  Afternoon Combo Rehearsal
3:00 PM  Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal
5:30 PM  Dinner at Todd Dining Hall
7:00 PM  Nightly Activities*

*On Thursday of camp, Recreation/Private Lesson time will be replaced with a visit to the Dowdy Student Store (bring money) and the ECU Summer Band Camp Student Recital and different campers who have prepared music to play throughout the week.

On Monday through Wednesday of camp, students will participate in Recreation Time everyday starting at 4:00 PM for the Jazz Track students. If students selected to have a Private Lesson during camp, this will also take place during this time, depending on the time their instructor assigned their lesson. Each morning, students will sign up for one of the following activities below. Any student who signs up for the student center will need to bring money to pay for pool, bowling, or the various arcade games.

  • Student Recreation Center – Indoor/Outdoor Pool, Basketball, Racquetball, Running Track, Volleyball, etc.
  • Mendenhall Student Center – Bowling, Pool Tables, Arcade, TV Area
  • School of Music – Independent Practice, Private Lessons, Rehearsals for Student Recital/Jazz Ensemble, etc.
  • Residence Hall – Hanging, Sleeping, etc. (Students will NOT be able to leave the dorm.)


SUNDAY – 7:30 PM Welcome Meeting/Band Placement/Dorm Meeting Wright Auditorium
MONDAY – 7:30 PM School of Music Faculty Recital Wright Auditorium
TUESDAY – 7:00 PM "A Night at the Movies" Wright Auditorium
WEDNESDAY – 7:00 PM Concert Dress Rehearsals Wright Auditorium
THURSDAY – 7:30 PM "A Night in Emerald City" Dance Jones Courtyard
FRIDAY – 7:00 PM ECU Summer Band Camp Concert Wright Auditorium