The Community Arts Program (CAP) Jazz PREP Band and ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble are designed to set the standard for a professionally-minded group of young jazz musicians. Those involved not only desire greater understanding of jazz musicianship, they also commit to the professional skills of on-time attendance to all activities (i.e., rehearsals, performances, workshops) and planning other outside extra-curricular activities around this.

BEFORE APPLYING, FULLY UNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING:

• Students’ success within the CAP jazz curriculum is built upon students’ TWICE WEEKLY attendance and preparation.
• CAREFULLY consider your entire personal and school calendars.
• IF you have school activities and other commitments that will require your after-school time and weekends, you will most likely not have the ability to FULLY commit to what is EXPECTED: (1) MONDAY WEEKLY CAP jazz ensemble rehearsal attendance, (2) SATURDAY WEEKLY CAP Harmony classes, (3) take weekly lessons on your instrument with a private teacher, through CAP or otherwise, (3) practice (i.e., be prepared for each rehearsal), and (5) ON-TIME attendance for all rehearsals, classes, and up to seven weekend performances scheduled for throughout the year.
• SERIOUSLY CONSIDER the above—and be CERTAIN you can FULLY commit—PRIOR to applying.

Prerequisites and Audition Requirements are below, as they pertain to your skill level and jazz ensemble to which you are applying: either the CAP Jazz PREP Band or CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble.

CLICK HERE, WHEN READY TO APPLY FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON.

CAP Jazz PREP Band

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
August 21, 2017-May 14, 2018
End-of-the-Year Family Concert: Sunday, May 20, 2018

Additionally, CAP Harmony Classes for all CAP jazz students meet Saturdays (either a 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. one-hour time, based on placement test results). 

Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ
3010 De Soto Boulevard  33134
(across from the Biltmore Hotel)

$375/yr (non-refundable, due upon acceptance)

The CAP Jazz PREP Band experience provides serious and studying jazz students, ages 10 & 16, with exposure and development within a valuable network of other young jazz musicians. CAP Jazz PREP Band members develop skills in sight reading, playing and blending in sections, improv, rhythm, repertoire knowledge, and performance skills while working with Community Arts Program (CAP) jazz faculty and associates, all among the finest jazz pros. In addition, members receive the unique opportunity to learn transcribing (through in-class modules), jazz theory, jazz history, and studio musicianship. CAP Jazz PREP Band members also engage in master classes, with renowned jazz artists and educators, and workshops that focus on their greater development and understanding of the jazz art form.

Prerequisites
-Be between the ages of 10 & 16;
-Play one of the following instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, vibes, bass, drums (other instruments are considered);
-Currently study your instrument with a private teacher;
-Possess a working knowledge of and desire for jazz;
-Can commit to attending all weekly rehearsals;
-Possess a professional attitude.

Audition Requirements
Required Scales: Winds and Brass: All Major scales (2 octaves when applicable). Piano, Guitar and Bass: All Major scales (2 octaves);
All Instruments: Chromatic Scale. Alto and Tenor Sax: C-C (2 octaves); Bari Sax and Trumpet: C-G (1.5 octaves); Trombone: Bb-F (1.5 octaves); Guitar and Bass: E-E (2 octaves); Piano:  Starting on any note (2 octaves);
Sight Reading: Material will be drawn from Big Band literature as well as beginner/intermediate jazz etudes;
Prepare the following pieceUnit 7 (YouTube link and music downloads are below);
-Play the head, followed by two choruses of improvisation over the form;
Pianists/Guitarists should be able to play the melody and comp through the changes as well as improvise at least two choruses over the form;
Bassists will be asked to play specific walking and Latin parts over the head, followed by walking a bass line over the changes, as well as improvise a chorus or two;
Drummers will also be asked demonstrate the following grooves: Swing, Latin, and Rock. Bring ALL sticks and accessories (i.e., brushes, mallets, etc.).
RETURNING PLAYERS will be asked to play any of the four basic triads (Major, minor, diminished, Augmented) starting from any note on their instrument.

Audition Music Listening, Play-Along, & Download Links: CAP Jazz PREP Band      
Unit 7: YouTube Link
Unite 7 Play-Along: YouTube Link

Unit 7 Eb Instrument
Unit 7 Bb Instrument
Unit 7 C Concert Bass Clef
Unit 7 Rhythm Section

Questions? Call or email: 305.448.7421, ext. 120 or info@CommunityArtsProgram.org

CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble

Three-time Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Competition Finalist!

Mondays: 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
August 21, 2017-May 14, 2018
End-of-the-Year Family Concert: Sunday, May 20, 2018

Additionally, CAP Harmony Classes for all CAP jazz students meet Saturdays (either a 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. one-hour time, based on placement test results). 

Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ
3010 De Soto Boulevard  33134
(across from the Biltmore Hotel)

$375/yr (non-refundable, due upon acceptance)

The CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble experience provides serious and studying jazz students—grades 9-12 and between the ages of 13 & 18 (if necessary to complete parts, up to two eighth graders may be accepted)—advanced exposure and development within a valuable network of other career-minded jazz musicians. CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble members sharpen skills in sight reading, playing and blending in sections, improv, rhythm, repertoire knowledge, and performance skills while working with Community Arts Program (CAP) jazz faculty and associates, all among the finest jazz pros. In addition, members receive the unique opportunity to pique their understanding of jazz theory, jazz history, and studio musicianship. CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble members also engage in master classes with renowned jazz artists and educators, and workshops that focus on applying and auditioning for college.

Prerequisites
-Students must be in grades 9-12 and between the ages of 13 & 18. (If necessary to complete parts, up to two eighth graders may be accepted.)
-Play one of the following instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, vibes, bass, drums (other instruments are considered);
-Currently study your instrument weekly with a private teacher;
-Possess a solid grasp of and desire for jazz;
-Can commit to attending all weekly rehearsals;
-Possess a professional attitude;
-Possess sight-reading skills.

Audition Requirements
Required Scales: All 12 major scales (2 octaves), chromatic scale (2 octaves), Concert F, Bb and Eb Blues scales, major and minor pentatonic scales;
Sight Reading: Material will be drawn from Big Band literature as well as jazz etudes;
Audition Piece: Yardbird Suite (YouTube play-along links and music downloads are below). Play the head, followed by two choruses of improvisation over the form;
Pianists/Guitarists should be able to play the melody and comp through the changes as well as improvise over the form;
Bassists will be asked to play the melody, followed by walking a bass line over the changes, as well as improvise a chorus or two;
Drummers will also be asked to demonstrate the following grooves: Rock, Shuffle, Latin, Swing, and Funk. Bring ALL sticks and accessories (i.e., brushes, mallets, etc.).
RETURNING PLAYERS will be asked to play any of the four basic triads (Major, minor, diminished, Augmented) starting from any note on their instrument.

Additional Requirements
Blues & Rhythm Changes: Will be asked to demonstrate a chorus of improvisation over both forms – Key of Bb.
Saxophonists are encouraged to demonstrate the ability to double (e.g., flute, clarinet). Indicate within the application those instruments on which you double;
Brass players will be asked to demonstrate range and to possess a functional ability with accessories (e.g., plunger, mutes, etc.);
Rhythm section players will be required to demonstrate a variety of grooves and tempi.

Audition Music Listening, Play-Along, & Download Links: CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble
Groovin’ HighYouTube Link
Groovin’ High Play-Along: YouTube Link

Groovin’ High Eb Instrument
Groovin’ High Bb Instrument
Groovin’ High Treble Clef
Groovin’ High Bass Clef

Questions? Call or email: 305.448.7421, ext. 120 or info@CommunityArtsProgram.org