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Following up on Deb’s email, we have good news! After school jazz will finally resume. Here are the details:

When: The program will be held Mondays, after school from 4:00 PM–5:30 PM

Who: All students who registered for after school jazz (both levels)

Where: JAMS Band Room

Instructor: Deb will be the Monday instructor

Cost: Free of charge (FOJAM will absorb the cost of the program for the rest of the year)

What are the program expectations for the next few weeks?

As mentioned in Deb’s email…we have a lot of ground to make up, so the program is likely to be rigorous. It’s going to be mixed experience levels, and here are the expectations:

  • Everyone who signed up previously is welcome to participate.
  • The music will be geared toward the upper end (there will be some challenging pieces)
  • With the awareness that the music will be challenging, only those who have practiced enough to be able to play their parts well will be participating in festivals with the band (performance dates are still TBD)

Why is there no enrichment fee?

The FOJAM board voted at our last meeting to underwrite the cost of our instructor(s), in appreciation for your understanding as we’ve tried to work our way through the bureaucratic maze of newly enforced SPS regulations for after school programs.

What happens after the first two weeks?

We hope to have a new instructor working with your kids within two weeks. We are working hard to finalize the schedule for the rest of the year. We’ll keep you posted through email and on the FOJAM website.

What do I need to do to let you know that my child will be attending?

Please confirm your child’s participation by filling out this form.

Register for After School Jazz

Thanks to everyone who purchased a hoodie, t-shirt, or tote bag. Your support of the music program at JAMS is much appreciated.

All merchandise has been delivered—fingers crossed that you received what you ordered! If you have questions about an order, please (1) check the depths of the backpacks, and then (2) contact me, Gwyneth Casazza, via the email address.

Also, with over 90 kids wearing JAMS Music hoodies, I highly recommend that you label your student’s gear.

Did you miss out this time around?

Many people asked about the next opportunity to order merchandise. To help gauge interest, please fill out this form and let me know what you’d be interested in purchasing. Based on that, I’ll start planning an order for the new year.

Cheers and have a happy holiday!
Gwyneth Casazza
FOJAM Communications Chair (

2017-2018 Seattle JazzED Opportunities

Seattle JazzED is a non-profit music education organization in the Central District. They are dedicated to creating awesome opportunities for kids and ensuring equal access for all with scholarships and instrument loan assistance. Currently over 500 kids from 70+ schools come through our doors annually.

Full and partial scholarships are available for any Seattle JazzED program. Families are encouraged to apply online here:

A few of the things JazzED is offering this year include:

All-Star Combos—Coaching (starts in October)
Get placed in a gigging combo. Limited spots for middle schoolers are filling up and rehearsals start soon. Grades 7-12, $325, scholarships available. \

Get more info here:

Girls Jazz Sleepover – Saturday, October 14-Sunday, October 15
One weekend, 100% dedicated to girls who play or sing. Make friends, connect with professional female musicians, and come away inspired and empowered. You’ll learn tons of great stuff in all day clinics with faculty coming in from New York: Erica von Kleist (sax), Roxy Coss (sax), Sarah Elizabeth Charles (vocals), Linda Briceño (trumpet), Savannah Harris (drums), Mariel Bildsten (trombone) and others. Plus you’ll bond with other girls at group meals, movie night, all-sing and the final performance for friends and family. Grades 6-12. Any instrument, including vocalists, welcome. $120, includes meals. High school girls interested in earning service hours as sleepover counselors should contact us through our website. See the full faculty list, schedule and registration details, including automatic scholarship codes, here:

Big Band Ensemble–Auditions Saturday, Nov 18 – Sunday, Nov 19
Kids come from all over the region to play and perform in the JazzED Big Band Ensembles. Work with acclaimed teachers like Clarence Acox, Darin Faul, Mark Taylor and other great educators! Rehearse on the weekends from January through May 2018. Big Band Ensemble auditions open to grades 5-12. Students are placed in one of six ensembles. $25 audition fee, waiver available. Secure your audition spot:

Nina Simone Vocal Ensemble—Audition Saturday, November 18
Explore the crossroads of America’s roots music by singing and performing jazz through a gospel lense. Learn from the best—this ensemble is directed by Seattle gospel legend Cora Jackson. Performance opportunities throughout the season. (It’s not just for girls; boys welcome!) Rehearse Saturday afternoons, January – May. Grades 8-12. $25 audition fee, waiver available. Secure your audition spot:

New Works Ensemble and Creative Orchestra Project—Audition Sunday, November 19
Open to all instruments, not just jazz instruments (and we mean it! Viola, cello, bassoon, French horn, etc.) Explore multi-genre and new compositions with wildly popular director Wayne Horvitz. Rehearse weeknights January through May, 2018. Multiple performances throughout the season. Grades 6-12 for the Creative Orchestra Project. Grades 9-12 for New Works Ensemble. No improvisation or jazz experience required. $25 audition fee, waiver available. Secure your audition spot:

More Info Here