2023 camp dates: Week One July 24-29, Week Two July 31 - Aug. 5. Please do not send any payment, or fill out registration forms until after you have been accepted into the camp. The camp is open to young musicians, between the ages of 12 and 20, who play: trumpet/cornet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, piano, bass/tuba, drums, banjo/guitar, vocal. We will accept 9 of each instrument for each week of camp, so we are limited to a total of 81 campers per week. Preference is given to campers who are sponsored by their local jazz society.  If you have questions, contact Camp Director Bill Dendle at:



Camp Information

Campers stay in dormitory cabins, and eat in a central dining hall.  Special diet needs can be met with advance notice, and vegetarian/vegan meals are always available.

Each rehearsal/performance site is equipped with a piano, a guitar amp, a bass amp and a drum set.  Drummers need to bring their own cymbals, sticks, brushes and any other special equipment they wish.  Two cymbal stands and one high-hat stand are provided.  All other instrumentalists must bring their own instrument(s) unless prior arrangements have been made.  Vocalists must bring a small recording device (a smart phone is sufficient).

Campers from outside the local area should arrive in Sacramento before noon on the first day of camp.  They will be met, and transported to camp by SJEF volunteers.  Arrange departures for the evening of the last day of camp, no earlier than 7pm. Local campers who choose to ride the bus should arrive at the Elks Lodge on Riverside Blvd. between noon and 1:00 p.m.

The camp concludes with a concert on the final day in Sacramento.  Campers will be bused from the camp to the concert site, and at the conclusion of the performance, approximately 4:00pm, will either be picked up by parents/guardians, or transported to the airport, train, or bus station for travel home.

Tuition for 2023 is $825

(Add $20 if you pay with PayPal or a credit card.) Payment plans are available and some jazz societies offer local scholarships for players. Contact us for more information.

2023 Faculty

 Alphonso Horne, trumpet/cornet                                                                                       Chuck Bond, trumpet/cornet
Anita Thomas, clarinet and sax
Jacam Manricks, clarinet and sax                                                                                Greg Varlotta, trombone
Jason Wanner, piano
Curtis Brengle, piano
Sam Rocha, bass and tuba                                                                                           Dexter Williams, bass                                                                                                      Devan Kortan, banjo and guitar                                                                                            Tim Metz, drums                                                                                                               Carson Messer, drums                                                                                                   Shelley Burns, vocals

                          (Subject to change)