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UNT Jazz Winds Workshop (Saxophone, trumpet and trombone) – July 9-14, 2012

July 9, 2012

From University of North Texas Jazz Studies Website

The UNT Jazz Winds Workshop provides saxophone, trumpet and trombone players of all levels (minimum age – 14) with a comprehensive and intensive curriculum devoted to jazz. Working in an intimate setting with master educator/performers students will study a wide variety of topics.

The workshop begins with registration a 1 p.m. Monday, July 9, followed by an opening faculty concert and organizational meeting at 3 p.m. Faculty concerts will be presented each evening beginning Tuesday July 10 through Thursday July 12. At 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, all participants will perform in a public concert in UNT Kenton Hall (parents and family are encouraged to attend). The performance will conclude no later than 5 p.m.

For information, contact Mike Steinel (940) 565-3758 or (940) 565-3743; email:

All Students: Big Band Playing, Jazz Improvisation, Combo Playing, Sight Reading, Technical Development, Jazz History, Jazz Theory, and Basic Jazz Style
Brass Players (Trumpet, Trombone, and Euphonium): Developing the Upper Register, Developing Endurance, Equipment, Embouchure Development and Maintenance, Section and Lead Playing
Saxophonists (Alto, Tenor and Baritone): Equipment (Reeds and Set-ups), Technique Development and Maintenance, Embouchure

Workshop Faculty –
Trumpet: Mike Steinel – Internationally recognized jazz trumpeter and educator (UNT faculty member); Jay Saunders – former lead trumpet with Stan Kenton (UNT faculty member); Rodney Booth – former jazz trumpeter with Woody Herman, Dallas free-lance musician (UNT faculty member)
Trombone: Tony Baker – Internationally recognized jazz trombonist and educator (UNT faculty member); Steve Wiest – former trombonist w/ Maynard Ferguson (UNT faculty member)
Saxophone: Brad Leali – Saxophonist with Harry Connick Orchestra (UNT faculty member); Shelley Carroll – Saxophone with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (UNT alumnus)

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Jazz Winds Workshop:
Q: Is there an entrance audition?
A: No. Admission is open to all(minimum age 14.) The auditions on the first day are just to place students in the most appropriate combo, big band, and improvisation class.
Q: What will I play in the placement audition?
A: It varies for the different instruments but generally you will play some scales, do some sight-reading, and improvise on a basic blues in F or Bb concert. More advanced players may improve on more complicated tunes. Don’t worry if you have never improvised before, we will introduce you to it during the week. The auditions are relaxed and informal.
Q: What is the daily schedule like?
A: It may vary a bit but it will generally look like this:
9 a.m. – Masterclass, 10 a.m. – Combo/Improvisation, 11 a.m. – Theory, Noon – Lunch, 1:30 p.m. – Big Band Rehearsal, 2:30 p.m. – Special Topic Masterclasses, 3:30PM – Private or Group Lessons and Individual Practice Time, 5 – 7PM – Supper and free time 7 p.m. – Faculty Concerts, 8:30 to 9:50 p.m. – Student Jam Sessions.
Q: What age are the participants?
A: Most of our participants are high school age, however we have a good number of college age and adult students as well.
Q: If I fly in what is the best Airport?
A: There are two fairly close: DFW and Love Field.
Q: How can I get from the Airport to UNT?
A: For a modest fee ($25 per student, each way) we provide a shuttle. Once you are enrolled you will receive instructions on how to reserve a shuttle.
Q: Are there special dress requirements for the final concert?
A: None, the week is casual attire.
Q: Are practice rooms available?
A: Yes, plus you can practice in your dorm from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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