SCC Jazz Camp

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.

Fees and Tuition

  • Tuition - $399
  • Group rates are available please contact
  • Lunch can be pre-ordered for Monday-Friday for an additional $50. Select options are offered and must be pre-ordered by June 5.

Dates and Times:

Sunday-Friday, June 11-16, 2023

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 16. 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

Chip McNeill-University of Illinois School of Music, Musical Director and Jazz Tenor Saxophonist for Grammy award-winning recording artist, Arturo Sandoval More about Chip McNeill

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

Ken Kehner-Pianist, Westminster College, University of Missouri 2002-2020 listen to Ken Kehner play!

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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