While their schedule of jazz camps for children is already halfway over, the Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy is bringing back two popular programs for adults and students starting in July. The Columbus Community Jazz Band will hold a summer session led by Pete Mills offering anyone with experience playing an instrument the chance to “get back in the swing of things” by playing with a jazz band. Meanwhile, Sing with the Band – Vocal Lab gives anyone with fundamental vocal experience the chance to learn how to be the lead singer of a band in classes led by Rachel Sepulveda and Tony Bonardi. Both classes meet Thursday evenings, July 6th through August 10th, 7 to 9pm at the Jazz Academy, located in the Lincoln Theatre complex. And beside the learning experience, both programs offer a public final performance for students to showcase their hard work! The deadline to register for both programs is July 1st – click here or the above links to learn more and register. Keep reading for program descriptions from Jazz Academy:
The Columbus Community Jazz Band is the chance for anyone who has played an instrument to get back in the swing of things! Led by Columbus Jazz Orchestra saxophonist Pete Mills, you will have the chance to practice and perform fun arrangements of our favorite jazz tunes while developing your sound and technique. Additionally, the CCJB will perform live as the opening act for the CJO at JazZoo. All CCJB members will receive free admission to the JazZoo show that night, and an invitation backstage to meet the Columbus Jazz Orchestra members after the show!
Sing with the Band – Vocal Lab: Have you ever dreamed of being the lead singer fronting a band? Well, now is your chance! Join Rachel and Tony as they explore the key components of singing with a combo, from stylizing to repertoire, from singing technique to communicating and performing with confidence. You will have the experience of singing jazz, pop, rock, R&B and beyond. You’ll also perform the song of your choice with a live trio during your 6 weeks singing solo and fronting the band!