My daughter said all the teachers are amazing, super supportive of students learning jazz for the first time.
~ Jazz Camp parent

High School Instrumentalists

  • Concurrent enrollment in school music program required
  • Audition required
  • Rehearsals begin February 15 or 16• Two locations: Wednesdays at College of San Mateo and Thursdays at Central Middle School in San Carlos
Instrumentation: trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, drums, vibes

10 Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:30 pm at College of San Mateo, San Mateo

or 10 Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 9:30 pm at Central Middle School, San Carlos

Performances to be announced

Tuition: $495

(Limited need-based financial aid is available. Please contact [email protected] for more information.)

To sign up for an audition, download the audition instructions here and follow the easy instructions to schedule your audition.

Program Focus

  • Weekly big band rehearsals
  • Jazz performance and repertoire
  • Performance opportunities
  • Showcase performance in Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University
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Miles Ahead Big Band

Directed by award-winning jazz educators Mike Galisatus and Kristen Strom, the Miles Ahead Big Bands features many of the top high school jazz musicians in the Bay Area. In 2017, the Miles Ahead Big Band received national attention by placing in the top three bands in the High School Conglomerate Big Band Division at the prestigious Next Generation Jazz Festival. The band also performs each semester in joint concerts with other jazz bands in the community.

Miles Ahead Big Band, directed by Mike Galisatus
meets Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA

Miles Ahead Big Band, directed by Kristen Strom
meets Thursday evenings, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Central Middle School, San Carlos, CA


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