SCC Jazz Camp

PLACEMENT MATERIALS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL SCC JAZZ CAMP ATTENDEES-All students are asked to prepare the music excerpts and improvisation listed on this page in preparation for the St. Charles Community College Jazz Camp. Print all music for your instrument to practice and then bring it with you on Sunday June 9, 2024

The SCC Performing Arts Department is excited to once again host the SCC Jazz Camp to bring you some of the top jazz educators and performers in the country. This big band camp is designed for enthusiastic instrumental students; grades 7 and older to learn more about jazz style, improvisation, and performance. The camp is open to middle school, high school and college students along with interested community members. All participants must have at least one year of study on their instrument.

The camp features classes in jazz improvisation and ear training, as well as instrumental master classes. Big band rehearsals include rhythm sectionals and combos, and participants enjoy professional performances by the guest faculty each afternoon.

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Fees and Tuition

  • Tuition - $449
  • Early Bird Rate - $399 (good until February28)
  • Group rates are available please contact
  • Lunch can be pre-ordered for Monday-Friday for an additional $60. Select options are offered and must be pre-ordered by June 3.

Dates and Times:

Sunday-Friday, June 9-14, 2024

Sunday 12:00pm-4:00pm

Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm

*Times are tentative. A detailed schedule will be sent one week prior to the camp.

Students will perform in the Shook Theatre Building on Friday, June 14. Family members, teachers and friends are encouraged to come support the students as they demonstrate their skills and share a concert with some of today's hottest jazz bands!

All events are on campus at St. Charles Community College, with primary location being in the Shook Theatre Building.


  • Ear Training Classes
  • Improvisation Classes
  • Sectionals
  • Big Band Rehearsals
  • Lunch and Learn sessions with guests
  • Concerts with faculty band

What to Bring:

  • Instruments, including amps & cymbals (no drums)


A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Contact Jim Martin, SCC Jazz Camp Director, at (636) 922-8538 or for more information.

Camp Faculty

Bijon Watson-Grammy winning international trumpet artist with a body of work that includes television, movie, and Grammy nominated album credits. More about Bijon Watson

Mary Fettig-Faculty member at St. Mary’s and Diablo Valley Colleges and retired from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mary has recorded and toured with such greats as Stan Kenton, Marian McPartland, Tito Puente, Flora Purim and Airto. More about Mary Fettig

Christoper D. Azzara-An innovator in the art of music teaching and learning, Dr. Azzara is Eisenhart Professor of Music Teaching & Learning, and Affiliate Faculty of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media and Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion at the Eastman School of Music.  More about Christoper Azzara

James A. Martin-Trombonist with the Buddy Rich Band and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale, under Zubin Mehta, St. Charles Community College, Director of Instrumental Studies More about James A. Martin

Gary W. Brandes-Trombonist, Associate Director of the St. Louis Wind Symphony, Adjunct Professor Lindenwood University, formerly the Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. More about Gary Brandes

Rick Haydon-Guitarist, Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he was Director of Jazz Studies More about Rick Haydon

Brett Stamps-Trombone, Professor Emeritus of Music at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he founded the Jazz Studies program and was the Director of the SIUE Concert Jazz Band and Jazz Combo. More about Brett Stamps

Dustin Shrum-Trumpet, Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, Director of Bands and Adjunct Professor of Trumpet/Jazz Studies at Jefferson College   More about Dustin Shrum

For more information, email James A. Martin at
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SCC Jazz Camp Educator Track

We are excited to offer an educator track with the opportunity to earn five professional development hours (pending district approval) by studying the teaching techniques of Jazz Improv with Dr. Christopher Azzara, Eastman School of Music. Chris has made his focus on the role of improvisation and creativity the center of his approach to being a musician, whether in jazz or classical styles.

Faculty will have the opportunity to observe Dr. Azzara work with all the SCC Jazz Camp students in two 75-minute sessions, followed by two 75-minute faculty sessions to discuss the specific pedagogical ideas that he uses in his groundbreaking teaching. One will get to see Chris teach, then engage in Q/A with him about how to incorporate this approach in their teaching.

The sessions will be on Wednesday, June 12 & Thursday, June 13, 2024, from 12:30 to 3:30.

You are also invited to stay after the sessions for a short concert by the SCC Jazz Camp Faculty each afternoon.

Early Bird Registration $150 (Early Bird Registration for the Educator Track ends on March 30)

Regular Registration $200

To Register for the Educator Track

A post on Eastman School of Music provided by:

 Here is Chris presenting a TEDx talk on his idea that improvisation is central to music learning (13:40).

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