CHARLOTTE, N.C. – February, 2020 – The Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band are the special guests, leading the clinic for this year’s annual JazzArts Music Camp, June 22-27, with JazzArts Charlotte. This exciting one-week camp is a comprehensive jazz music training program for students grades 7 – 12 held from 9:00AM – 3:00PM each day at Myers Park Baptist Church.
Students will be immersed in an intensive jazz curriculum and have the opportunity to interact and play with other motivated young musicians from the Charlotte area. Jazz is a unique form of music that goes beyond improving instrument skills, to understanding chordal harmonies, experiencing complex jazz rhythms, and improvisation and composition. “Most of all, students consistently gain a level of confidence, leadership, and teamwork that help them mature in every aspect,” says Lonnie Davis, CEO and President of JazzArts Charlotte.
The Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band is the official touring big band of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America’s greatest original art form, jazz.
The Jazz Ambassadors has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Recent notable performances include concerts at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and an appearance on the Colbert Report. Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet are just a few of the outstanding jazz artists who have shared the stage with the Jazz Ambassadors.
The Jazz Ambassadors’s rigorous touring schedule and reputation for excellence has earned it the title “America’s Big Band.”
As an integral part of their mission, these performers pass on their expertise to almost 2,500 student musicians annually through tailored masterclasses and clinics. This summer, that expertise is coming to Charlotte.
As a nonprofit committed to ensuring access to all, JazzArts Charlotte offers financial aid scholarships on a need-based sliding scale.
For more information about the camp, email info@theJazzArts.org or call 704-336-9350. Pre-registration is required and can be done online at www.theJazzArts.org. Placement level auditions will be held prior to camp.