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 via Zoom
  • Concurrent enrollment in school music program required
For trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and vibes

Nine weekday evenings from 6:45 – 8:45 p.m.

Performance on the afternoon of Sunday, May 1 at Stanford University.

Tuition: $895

To sign up for an audition, register using your existing SJW account or create one if you’re new to SJW. We’ll send you a link to select the audition time that is most convenient for you.

Program Focus

  • Weekly big band rehearsals, with regular improvisation instruction
  • Directed by top jazz educators
  • Weekly master classes with SJW instrumental faculty
  • Showcase performance in May

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 music, to learn to perform jazz styles, to improve their instrumental skills, and to learn how to improvise. During each rehearsal, students receive additional instruction from an SJW faculty member with particular expertise.

Giant Steps Big Bands perform at least once per semester.

The Giant Steps Big Band program continues in the Spring semester. Usually, Giant Steps Big Band participants commit to the band for the entire school year. There is an additional registration process for the Spring.

We encourage you to audition for the band that’s closest to your community. If you’d like to be considered for multiple bands in different locations, please register for multiple programs or let us know via email at [email protected].

Giant Steps Big Band North, directed by Dave Gregoric
meets Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 8:15 p.m.
first meeting February 2, 2022
Mills High School, Burlingame

Giant Steps Big Band Mid-Peninsula, directed by Kristen Strom
meets Tuesday evenings, 6:45 – 8:15 p.m.
first meeting February 1, 2022
Hillview Middle School, Menlo Park

Scroll down for videos, program details, and faculty for all three of our Giant Steps Big Bands!


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