Junior High Jazz
Designed for junior high students, the primary focus of this program is developing individual musicianship through a big band setting. Students will audition for placement in one of three big bands, and a few students will be selected for small jazz combos. Classes include big band and sectional rehearsals, improvisation, combo instruction, master classes, listening seminar, and study of individual instrument technique. The final concert will feature both big bands and one or two jazz combos.
- For students completing grades 6-8.
- Prior experience performing in a jazz ensemble is not required, however, only students with 2 or more years of playing experience will be accepted.
- Resident - $700 (tuition, room and board)
- Commuter - $500 (tuition and lunch only)
On the opening Sunday of camp, Junior Jazz participants will have an audition for placement in big bands. A select number of students will also be placed in combos.
Junior and Senior Jazz - Jazz participants should prepare the below music. Audition music is the same for both junior and senior jazz programs.
Guitar (updated 6/9/2021)
Electric and Upright Bass (updated 6/9/2021)
Typical Junior Jazz Daily Schedule
- 8:15- 9:15 am: Sectionals andMaster Classes
- 9:30- 10:30 am: Improvisation Class
- 10:45- 11:45 am: Big Band Rehearsal
- Noon- 1:15 pm: Lunch
- 1:15- 2:15 pm: Combo Rehearsal/listening class
- 2:30-3:30 pm: Big Band rehearsal
- 3:45- 4:45 pm: Electives
- 5:15 pm: Dinner and evening activities
- 10:30: Lights out
Joyce McCall, University of Illinois
Joyce McCall was appointed to the faculty of the University of Illinois in 2019. Prior to her appointment, she served as a postdoctoral resident scholar and visiting assistant professor in music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she taught introductory music teaching courses, advanced instrumental methods, and jazz methods. McCall also served as an assistant band director at MacArthur High School in Houston, Texas, and a woodwind and marching band specialist in Alabama, Arizona, and Mississippi.
McCall has proudly served as a clarinetist and saxophonist in the United States Army Bands from 1999 to 2013. During her service, she was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Previous assignments include the 151st Army Band in Montgomery, Alabama; the 41st Army Band in Jackson, Mississippi; the 36th Infantry Division Band in Austin, Texas; and the 108th Army Band in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2016, McCall was also presented the Minority Access National Role Model Award.
Coordinator: Chip McNeill, University of Illinois
In addition to his position with the University of Illinois School of Music, Professor McNeill is Musical Director and Jazz Tenor Saxophonist for Grammy award-winning recording artist, Arturo Sandoval. He has toured with and recorded the compact discs (CDs) Americana and Hot House with Arturo Sandoval. In 1998, Hot House won a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz recording. To his credit, Professor McNeill won a Grammy for his performance on Hot House, and two of his charts were nominated for Grammys from the recording. Professor McNeill also has performed and toured with the legendary jazz trumpeter, Maynard Ferguson, with whom he has produced, written, and performed on several CDs, including Live in London, These Cats Can Swing, and Maynard Ferguson's final CD, The One and Only. He has recorded performances with Nat Adderley, David Liebman, Duffy Jackson, Ira Sullivan, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Ted Shumate, and Larry Willis. Professor McNeill's most recent CD is "The Whirl" on Armored Records.