My high schooler, Jasper just finished up the two-week jazz ambassadors program and it was fantastic with a rockin’ final concert of VERY into it kids and wonderful music selections.
— Summer Jazz Ambassador parent

Summer Jazz Ambassadors is the flagship Seattle JazzED summer camp. As part of a multi-age ensemble you will learn NEW repertoire drawing on less explored genres like Funk, Salsa, Afro-Beat and more. This camp is intentionally designed to foster confidence in all students, encourage creative risk-taking and most of all, have fun!

If you're entering grades 10-12 in the the fall you can participate as a Leader-in-Training. Leaders-in-Training earn 30 service hours. Scroll down for job description, schedule and application link.

Week 1

In the first week of this unique summer camp you’ll develop your improvisation skills, sectional leadership and musical knowledge and technique by playing music from a broad base of genres: Funk, Fusion, Soul, Salsa, Samba, Afro-Beat, Reggae and more.

Week 2

In the second week, you'll work on honing personal and ensemble presentation skills. This includes public speaking and presentation preparation for a final concert at the Royal Room. You’ll gain valuable experience by sharing your music, your instrument and your unique perspective as an ambassador for music.

Program Details


  • Session 1 - Two Weeks // SOLD OUT
    Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 19
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM daily (LITs 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
    Performance: Friday, July 19, Royal Room 6:00 PM load in, 6:30 PM start

  • Session 2 - Two Weeks // SOLD OUT
    Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 9
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM daily (LITs 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
    Performance: Friday, August 9, Royal Room 6:00 PM load in, 6:30 PM start

Ricardo Luna & Kelsey Mines (Session 1), Willem de Koch (Session 2), see bios below

MLK FAME Community Center, 3201 E Republican St, Seattle WA 98112

We are committed to this program being financially accessible for ALL families. You select the tuition amount that works for you. Your tuition payment helps cover the cost of renting class space and paying our educators a fair wage, as well as classroom supplies, sheet music, etc.

  • $875, do not enter any code

  • $750, enter code SEVENFIFTY

  • $600, enter code SIXHUNDRED

  • $475, enter code FOURSEVENTYFIVE

  • $250, enter code TWOFIFTY

You will have the option of entering a sliding scale tuition code on the registration check-out page. Be sure to select the payment plan option if you want to break your payments up. Please note you will also have the option of paying your chosen amount in full if you prefer.  

If you'd like to pay a DIFFERENT sliding scale amount than the options here OR get a FULL TUITION WAIVER (no questions asked), fill out our easy online form, and we'll send you a custom tuition code. 

Have questions about how this works? Contact us and we'll get right back to you!

You can also read our cancellation policy (recommended).

Open to student musicians in grades 6-12, any instrument. Non-traditional jazz instruments such as French horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, etc. are welcome.

We strive to create an intentional mix of ages and abilities in this summer camp so that younger students are challenged and older students strengthen their leadership skills.

We have limits on how many students we can accept on each instrument in order to keep the ensemble balanced. For example, once we have the maximum number of trumpets signed up for a session, we will create a wait list for that instrument.

Both sessions are sold out. If your schedule permits, we’re still accepting registrations in the
Summer Second Line Project.
You can enter your chosen sliding scale tuition code (listed above) on the final check-out page. You should receive a confirmation email from our registration system

This program really lights a fire in kids who have an interest in jazz - it’s fun and confidence-building!
— Summer Jazz Ambassador Parent



Open to students going into grades 10-12.

Leader-in-Training duties include leading sectionals, curriculum support and serving as mentors to younger students. You will be assigned at least two younger students as their ‘LIT buddy’ and you will take extra care to make them feel included and supported at camp, for example eating lunch with your buddy group or helping them work on parts of the music.

Please note, LITs stay until 2:00 PM each day.

LITs receive 30 community service hours for graduation requirements and a letter of recommendation for their respective college/job applications.

To enroll as a Leader-in-Training, please register as normal and then complete the LIT form below. Your registration as an LIT will not be considered complete until we have your LIT form, which is due by June 30th.

LITs must be entering grades 10-12 in fall 2019.

Click here for: >>2019 Leader-in-Training Form<<

2019 Music Director

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Ricardo Luna
Session 1 and Session 2

Ricardo Luna is a music educator with over 15 years of experience working with students at all grade levels. With a firm belief that music can have a positive impact on students, he strives to provide our youth with access to quality music education.

He recently completed a second music education degree from the University of Washington. His academic training and professional experience helps him build and support music programs designed to teach the whole student. Through music, Ricardo is able to teach students lifelong skills and traits, such as discipline, teamwork, and accountability. “By creating an environment where kids can have fun, feel safe, and be themselves, you create a place where learning can flourish.”

In addition to his administrative role at Seattle JazzED as Student Youth Development Director, Ricardo oversees and teaches our introductory Jazz Prep classes, the Benny Goodman Ensemble, and the Summer Jazz Prep Camp. Originally from Los Angeles, Ricardo moved to Seattle three years ago with his wife. He continues his own musical journey playing trombone, acoustic bass, and arranging music.

Email: ricardo [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org


Kelsey Mines
Session 1

A Seattle native, Kelsey Mines is a performer, composer, and teacher of the double bass. Kelsey earned her Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from the University of Washington with professor Barry Lieberman. She went on to complete a Masters in Double Bass Performance from Arizona State University under the direction of Catalin Rotaru. Kelsey has followed her passion for the double bass to the Netherlands, where she studied at Prince Claus Conservatoire before returning to Seattle where she now teaches and performs a variety of styles, from jazz to classical to pop. Wherever she may be, Kelsey aspires to create, collaborate, and perform music that enriches and enlivens the world around her.


Willem de Koch
Session 2

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Willem de Koch is a trombonist, composer, and educator. He is co-founder of The Westerlies, the brass quartet whose music “occupies a lively territory between jazz, Stephen Foster-styled folk and chamber music with bracing melodies and, crucially, an undeniable sense of fun” (Chris Barton, LA Times). In addition to his work with The Westerlies, Willem has performed with a wide variety of artists including improvisational-music luminaries Wayne Horvitz and Bill Frisell, electronic music duo Odesza, indie-rock songstress Feist, and jazz legends Wycliffe Gordon and George Duke, among others. Willem has performed in a wide variety of venues, from the world-renowned Carnegie Hall and Hollywood Bowl, to hole-in-the-wall jazz clubs and living rooms. He strives to bring people together to build strong communities through music, and seeks to break down the barriers of genre to create a more integrated and inclusive musical landscape.

Got questions? Contact us.