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Welcome to the CWU Jazz Camp 2016!

We have an amazing faculty, a great curriculum, a stellar facility, and a beautiful location. Take a look and you’ll find that we are the place to study jazz this summer!

Our philosophy is simple: take the student where he/she is at and give them the tools to develop their skills to the highest levels. We do this with amazing faculty that have been there and done that but who also know how to teach and inspire. Directed by John Harbaugh, renowned Professor of Trumpet at CWU, the camp will focus on improvisation, small group playing, masterclasses on each instrument, big bands, jazz theory and arranging, and performances and demos by the faculty.  A meal and housing plan is available and all instruction will take place inside Central’s beautiful McIntyre Music building.
Come join us for an amazing week of jazz! June 26 - 30, 2016 at CWU in Ellensburg, Washington.


Check out our faculty here:


Students entering 9th through 12th grade who play these instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, drumset.

In order to balance ensembles, caps on enrollment of certain instruments may occur.

Daily Sche​dule (2015)

Saturday, June 27th
4:00pm Camp sign in and move into dorms
5:30pm Camp General Meeting (parents invited)
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Placement evaluations
8:00pm Evening activity
10:00pm Lights out

Sunday - Wednesday
8:00am  Breakfast
9:00am  Masterclasses/Improv
10:00 am Combos
11:30am Theory/Arranging
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm History/Listening
2:30pm Combos
3:30pm Big Bands
5:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Faculty presentations
8:00pm Jams, recreation
10:00pm Lights out

Thursday Afternoon and Evening
4:00pm Combo Concert
6:00pm BBQ Dinner, Parents invited
7:00pm Big Bands concert
8:30pm Check out of dorms, end of camp



The CWU Jazz Camp curriculum is built on concepts and skills that are vital to understanding and performing the music at high levels. Every student will receive instruction in these five areas, regardless of ability and/or skill level.

  • Jazz Theory and Arranging
  • Instrument Masterclass
  • Improvisation
  • Ensemble Playing
  • Jazz History

Class sessions will focus on practical skills and time-tested concepts that will develop students within the week of the camp, giving them the inspiration, materials and pathways to continue their development long after camp has ended.

Place​ment Tests

Upon sign in at the camp, all students will be given evaluation tests that will assist faculty in appropriate placement in jazz theory sessions, combos and big bands. Often students ask what skills they will need to demonstrate during these evaluations. Once students are enrolled, greater detail concerning placement tests will be sent to each student.

For jazz theory, knowledge of scales, keys, chord construction, and notation will be evaluated.

For ensemble placement, tone, intonation, jazz articulation and style, improvisation and sightreading will be evaluated.

It is possible that the faculty can make mistakes on placements and therefore some shuffling of students among ensembles and classes is possible after classes have begun.

Evening Activiti​es

A variety of evening activities are planned that offer options for students to choose from. These activities include, but are not limited to:

Jam sessions (led by staff)
Video presentations

Dorms an​d Food

A meal and housing plan is available through CWU Conference Services which includes Saturday dinner, breakfast-lunch-dinner Sunday through Thursday. Accommodations will be in beautiful, newly constructed residence halls adjacent to the McIntyre Music building and feature rooms with double occupancy. Single rooms are available for an additional charge. Students can request roommates at the time of registration.

A commuter meal plan is available that allows for local students or those wishing to make their own housing arrangements to be at camp for the instructional day. The commuter plan includes Saturday dinner, lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday.


Registration for the CWU Jazz Camp is easy with our online PDF form. Print it out and mail it in with your payment, or call the phone number listed on the form to register by phone.