August 14, 2022

Jazz Program for students aged 8-18 years

The Community Music School in Centerbrook is now offering jazz educational opportunities that reach a wider student age group. Auditions will be held on September 11th from 10 am until noon for two program age groups, both of which will start on Saturday September 18th.

Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Tom Briggs for student ages 13-18, is accepting instrumental students, specifically brass, who are intermediate though advanced in level. This performing ensemble has a repertoire that covers 80 years of jazz styles from early traditional through modern day. Developing skill in jazz improvisation is emphasized and the musical arrangements are tailored to the proficiency level of each member.

Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Russ Becker is for beginning students ages 8-12. The format will be a workshop-ensemble for instrumentalists who are interested in developing basic skills used in jazz performance, such as jazz rhythms, articulation, and phrasing. The basic techniques for improvisation and creative musical dialogue will be taught. Motivated students who enjoy playing and listening to music will have fun being part of this weekly ensemble.

In addition to Jazz, Community Music School offers ensembles for Strings, Flute, and Voice. A complete list of private instruction and group offerings is available online at, by calling the Executive Director, Robin Andreoli at 860-767-0026 or visiting Community Music School Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm at 90 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT.