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School of Music

Jazz Day at Butler University

Saturday, December 8, 2018

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Butler Jazz Day is open to students of all ages and playing levels (3 years of prior experience is recommended) as well as their parents, teachers, and friends. Activities will include instrumental master classes, improvisation sessions, and a closing rehearsal and performance with all participants on the beautiful Schrott Center for the Arts stage.

Schedule (subject to change)

All activities will take place in the Schrott Center for the Arts (SCA) unless otherwise noted. A final schedule and details will be emailed to all registrants approximately one week prior to the event.

9:15 AM Check-in (Lobby)
10:00 AM Instrumental Master Classes with Butler Jazz Faculty
11:00 AM Improvisation Session I with John Raymond/Matt Pivec
12:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:00 PM Improvisation Session II with John Raymond/Matt Pivec
2:00 PM Rehearsal (Stage)
3:00 PM Closing performance with all participants (Stage)
Special Guest:

John Raymond

John Raymond

With a singular voice on the trumpet and flugelhorn, John Raymond is making his mark as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in the world. Dubbed as a Rising Star by Downbeat Magazine, John has performed with musicians such as Billy Hart, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Orrin Evans, Linda Oh, Dan Tepfer and Gilad Hekselman among others. He has released four albums since 2012, all of which receiving critical acclaim from the New York Times, Stereogum, Downbeat, JazzTimes and more. John has also established himself as a sought after educator, both as the recently-hired Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Indiana University and as a guest clinician and soloist at schools around the world. For more information, visit




Dr. Matt PivecMatt Pivec
Director of Jazz Studies, Jazz Ensemble, Saxophone
As a performer of jazz and popular music, Matt has worked with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Dave Rivello, Bob Brookmeyer, Peter Erskine, Maria Schneider,Julia Dollison, Melvin Rhyne, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, and the national touring companies of Hairspray, 42nd Street, and The Producers. Asa band leader and soloist, Matt has performed at jazz festivals and venues throughout the United States. He has three albums to his credit, Live atSnider Hall, Psalm Songs and the recently released Time and Direction. Read more. 


Jen SiukolaJen Siukola
Instructor of Jazz Trumpet
Jen has extensive experience as a freelance and studio musician in Indianapolis and the surrounding area, and performed for three years as a trumpet player on cruise ships. A few performance highlights include playing with the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, the Sean Imboden Large Ensemble, the Four Tops, The Platters, Charo, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. Read more.


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