Adult Big-Band Workshop
Sunday, July 14, Pre-camp orientation and Auditions,
Sunday through Wednesday, July 21-26, 6pm-9pm, Big-band
Thursday, July 25, 7pm-9pm, Family Concert at Butler
Friday, July 26, 6pm-9pm, Performance at the Jazz Kitchen,
Lilly Hall at Butler University's Jordan College of the Arts
Tuition - $215
Postmark deadline: May 15
Registration Form (PDF)
This week-long workshop provides the opportunity for adults with
intermediate to advanced skills on their instrument to participate
in a true big band learning experience under the direction of a
professional staff, including Mark Buselli and Matt Pivec.
Performance charts will be selected from those typical of Basie,
Miller, Nestico, Ellington, Kenton, and Holman. Bands will consist
of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, piano, bass, guitar and drums.
The workshop begins with orientation and auditions on Sunday
afternoon (July 14) followed by daily evening band rehearsals
during the week of July 21 starting at 6:00 pm. The
culmination of the week is a performance at Indy's well-known
spot for jazz - The Jazz Kitchen.
Applicants typically are adults from all walks of professional
life who are not professional musicians but have continued to
maintain their interest in playing. Participants should be able to
read music at the intermediate level and ideally have had at least
some minimal experience in reading jazz or big band charts.
Improvisation skills are not required but some improvisation
training will be provided during the week.
Early registration is advised due to the limited number of
positions available to assemble bands. Registrations which are not
accepted will have the entire deposit refunded.
OPTIONAL classes will be offered each evening at either
4:00-4:50 or 5:00-5:50 (Sunday through Wednesday), prior to
the big band rehearsals at 6:00. Classes subject to
change. Limited class size. Class fee $50.
- Jazz Sightreading (4:00-4:50) is designed to help the student
cope with the rigorous demands of jazz rhythms, inflections and
- Jazz Improv/Theory (5:00-5:50) explores the art of creating an
improvised solo by exploring chord/scale theory, rhythm, and
- Jazz History (4:00-4:50) explores the big band era & the
social and economic factors that helped the art form blossom.
- Jazz Combo/Arranging (5:00-5:50) explores various ways to
arrange/play a song.
For more information, please contact us at (317) 940-5500, (800)
368-6852, ext. 5500 or BCAS@butler.edu.