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

Seattle JazzED's Summer Jazz Ambassadors program combines improvisation and performance training with community outreach. We are looking for student musicians of ranging age and skill level with an interest in team work and leadership. The outreach component of this program are workshops facilitated by Jazz Ambassadors in the second week of each session for children in other Seattle youth programs.

High school students encouraged to apply to be Leaders-In-Training (see description below).

Program Details

Two Sessions
Session 1: July 10 - July 21
2 weeks, Monday-Friday 11am-3pm
(LITs start at 10am)
Final performance @ Royal Room on Friday, July 21 at 6:00PM. Student load in at 5:00PM.

Session 2: July 24 - August 4
2 weeks, Monday-Friday 11am-3pm
(LITs start at 10am)
Final performance @ Royal Room on Friday, August 4 at 5:00PM. Student load in at 4:00PM.

Director: Aaron Walker-Loud, Seattle JazzED Veteran Teaching Artist, Big World Breaks Director, Garfield H.S. Jazz Alum

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


$675 - Payment plans and financial aid available.

Financial aid
If the tuition is too expensive for you, please apply for financial aid online BEFORE you register and we will get back to you quickly. If you have any questions about financial aid or payment plans, contact us. We are committed to making it work for every family.

Who can register
Student musicians in Grades 6-12. Non-traditional jazz instruments are welcome. No improvisation experience is required. 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.


Sample Week 1

Students will work together in a large ensemble focused on developing improv skills, sectional ethics and musical knowledge around a broad base of Jazz-related sub-genres: Blues, Straight-Ahead, Be-Bop, Funk, Fusion, Soul, Salsa, Samba, Afro-Beat, Reggae and more. Elements of historical and current music genres will be explored through chart reading, improvising and learning by ear. Students will practice public speaking by developing their own musical journey story.

Sample Week 2

Students will put their newly acquired skills to practice by presenting JazzED music education workshops for students from other youth programs in Seattle. During these workshops, JazzED students will gain invaluable experience in public speaking, performing and community diplomacy by sharing their music, their instruments and their unique perspectives as an ambassador for jazz music. Students will celebrate their new skills and friendships with a final concert.


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

We encourage you to apply to be 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 begin each session day at 10 AM, one hour earlier than other students.

To enroll as a Leader-in-Training, register as an LIT and then complete the supplemental form by June 30th.

Got questions? Send an email to info [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org or call 206.324.5299

Camper Resources:

Session 1

Syllabus (PDF) - CLICK HERE
Music Download - CLICK HERE
harts Download - CLICK HERE

Session 2
Syllabus (PDF) - CLICK HERE
Music Download - CLICK HERE
Charts Download - CLICK HERE

For Music and Charts download links, enter the name of camper and primary home email address. 

Music Director

photo by atuanya priester

photo by atuanya priester

Aaron Walker-Loud is an artist, band director, composer, producer and educator. He is a proud alum of the CD Music Factory (Washington Middle School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Robert Knatt, and Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble / Drumline, under the direction of Mr. Clarence Acox). He is the founder and director of Big World Breaks, a production company built for performance, studio and education. Aaron began working with youth and families in 1999, eventually becoming a teaching artist for Arts Corps (2008-present), the drumline director for Washington Middle School (2008-2016), the Education Director for Seattle JazzED (2010-2016) and O’Dea High School (2012-present). Most recently (from 2013-present), Aaron became a member of the Creative Advantage roster, launched the Big World Breaks Percussion Ensemble; as well as music ensembles and arts/multi-media residencies at Aki Kurose Middle School, South Shore K-8, Southwest Interagency and Madrona K-8. In partnership with his wife Jazmyn, Aaron co-founded 50 Next: Seattle Hip-Hop Worldwide (est. 2012), and co-curated The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop exhibit at MOHAI (with over 31,000 attendees and 20 co-produced events between 2015-2016), which won the 2016 American Association of State and Local History Leadership in History Award, “the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history”.