Year-round programs 2021-22
Let’s play! Our highly popular after-school big band programs are available again for fall 2021. If you aren’t in the San Francisco Bay Area, or if your schedule doesn’t let you participate in one of our in-person programs, you can enroll in one of our online after-school programs.
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Directed by Mike Galisatus, the Miles Ahead Big Band is one of the premier regional all-star big bands for high school musicians. This award-winning ensemble brings together some of the top young musicians from all over the San Francisco Bay Area to play some of the best big band repertoire, and to experience the excitement of an ensemble playing at the highest levels.
The Giant Steps Big Band program offers regional big band classes and performances in different locations on the Peninsula and in the South Bay. Open by audition to talented middle school students, the bands are led by noted jazz educators with tons of success teaching at the middle school level. Support faculty address the curricular needs of individual instruments via weekly master classes, and additional instruction and practice is provided via online practice tools.
Miles Ahead Online and Giant Steps Online provide two weekly sessions with some of the top jazz educators in the country. Open to all instruments, these fun and intensive classes help students improve their instrumental technique, as well as to introduce them to jazz improvisation, styles, repertoire, and history.
Miles Ahead Institute is a weekly online class designed for advanced high school musicians. The focus is on topics essential to developing young jazz artists, such as repertoire, advanced improvisation, composition, and performance.
We look forward to seeing you this fall in one of our exciting programs!