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

As a Summer Jazz Ambassador you'll get two weeks of performance training combined with community outreach. 

If you're in high-school, or entering high-school in the fall, you can apply to be 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: Jazz, Blues, Straight-Ahead, Be-Bop, 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, community diplomacy and presentation preparation for a workshop for young students at a local community center and 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 9 - Friday, July 20 (w/ final concert Sat, July 21)
    Regular schedule: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, M-F
    Leader-in-Training schedule: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM, M-F
    Final concert: Saturday, July 21 at The Royal Room
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Call time 6:00 PM

  • Session 2 - Two Weeks // SOLD OUT
    Monday, July 23 - Friday, August 3
    Regular schedule: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, M-F
    Leader-in-Training schedule: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM, M-F
    Final concert: Friday, August 3 at The Royal Room
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Call time 6:00 PM

Ricardo Luna, bio below

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

Payment plans and scholarships available.

We're committed to this program being affordable for families. If the tuition is too expensive for you at this time, for whatever reason, please fill out the scholarship form BEFORE you register. We will get back to you quickly, typically within 2 business days. If you have any questions about scholarships or payment plans, contact us. We are committed to making it work for everyone, in fact, 40% of JazzED families receive a scholarship of some amount!

Open to student musicians in grades 6-12. Open to traditional jazz instruments, as well as all string instruments like violin, viola and cello. 

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.

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


Are you in high school or going to be entering high school in the fall? 

We encourage you to participate in a music leadership training program as part of the regular Summer Jazz Ambassadors program. Duties include leading sectionals, curriculum support and serving as mentors to younger students.

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

LIT's will meet 30 minutes prior to rehearsal (arrive at 8:30am) and 30 minutes after (done at 1:30pm).

To enroll as a Leader-in-Training, register as an LIT and then complete a simple LIT supplemental form

2018 Music Director

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Ricardo Luna

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

Got questions? Contact us.