My daughter said all the teachers are amazing, super supportive of students learning jazz for the first time.
~ Jazz Camp parent
Middle School Instrumentalists
- Audition required
- Concurrent enrollment in school music program required
10 weekday evenings from 6:45 – 8:45 p.m.
GSBB North rehearses Tuesday evenings. GSBB South rehearses Wednesday evenings. GSBB Mid-peninsula TBA.
- Weekly big band rehearsals, with regular improvisation instruction
- Directed by top jazz educators
- Weekly master classes with SJW instrumental faculty
- Showcase performances in November or December
Giant Steps Big Band
Directed by some of the top middle school jazz educators in the Bay Area, the Giant Steps Big Bands offer an exciting way for young musicians to improve their jazz skills faster than they ever thought could be possible!
Each band meets weekly to work on fun jazz tunes, to learn to perform jazz styles, to improve instrumental skills, and to learn how to improvise. During each rehearsal, students receive master classes from SJW faculty members with expertise on their instruments.
Giant Steps Big Bands perform at least once per semester.
The Giant Steps Big Band program continues through the fall and spring semesters, so participants commit to the band for the entire school year. There is an additional registration process for the spring.
Subject to full enrollment, we’re planning to offer two Giant Steps Big Bands this fall, with rehearsal dates to be announced soon.
Giant Steps Big Band North, directed by Dave Gregoric at Mills High School, Millbrae
Giant Steps Big Band South, directed by John Burn at Homestead High School, Cupertino