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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! Younger students will benefit from the mentorship of selected high-school musicians (aka the Leaders-in-Training) and these same high-school students get the opportunity to hone teaching and listening skills. It’s a win-win for all involved.

If you're entering grades 10-12 in the 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: 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

2019 SCHEDULE, DATES & FINAL CONCERT

  • Session 1 - Two Weeks
    Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 19
    9am-1pm daily (LITs 9am-2pm)
    Final Performance TBD

  • Session 2 - Two Weeks
    Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 9
    9am-1pm daily (LITs 9am-2pm)
    Final Performance TBD

MUSIC DIRECTOR
Ricardo Luna & Freddy, bios below

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

SLIDING SCALE TUITION - Coming soon!

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

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

Leaders-in-Training

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Are you in high school? 

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. 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.

LIT's 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, complete the LIT application form before you register.

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

[2019 Application Coming in mid-March!] 


2019 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


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Freddy Gonzalez

Freddy Gonzalez is a trombonist, composer, and music educator from New York City. Currently living in Seattle, WA, he was introduced to the Pacific Northwest in 2017 after an apprenticeship with television composer Ron Jones (“Family Guy,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and “DuckTales”).

Before working with Mr. Jones, Freddy toured with Grammy-winning artist Alejandro Sanz, performing in over 15 countries in Latin America. In 2015, he graduated with a master’s in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, writing for and conducting a 51-piece orchestra at Abbey Road Studios for his final thesis. He is also a graduate of The New School for Jazz (2014), having studied with Reggie Workman, Jane Ira Bloom, Elliot Mason, and Wycliffe Gordon.

 Over the course of his performing career, he has opened for artists such as B.B. King, Ruben Blades, and Eddie Palmieri while also having performed alongside Juan Luis Guerra, Laura Pausini, Bootsy Collins, Arturo O’Farrill, and Melissa Aldana. In 2014, he was featured on Wu Tang Clan’s “A Better Tomorrow”.

Email: freddy [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org


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