jazz intensive

July 17-24, 2022 at the Hawaii Convention Center

*Out-of-state students, please book travel outside of July 17-24 for full participation

Daily Classes (7/17-7/23)

9:30am-11:00am: Jazz 2 (Beg-Int)

11:00am-12:00pm: Jam Session

12:00pm-1:30pm: Jazz 1 (Int-Adv)

Concert Performance (7/24)

11:00am at the Hawaii Convention Center


The director of HYS Jazz, Dean Taba, along with notable session musicians and local legends provide the highest quality jazz education. Special guest faculty includes Steve Treseler.

The daily Jam Session (11am-12pm) is an optional activity open to all participating Jazz Intensive students from either band. It is an informal rehearsal lead by Dean Taba wherein students practice improvising together on various jazz standards or songs being played in either Jazz Intensive ensemble. 

No jazz experience required! Students will be placed in either Jazz 1 or 2 based on level of experience and instrumentation needs. 


Eligible instruments: saxophones, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drum set.

Students entering 8th grade up until 1st year college. 19 and under.

Ideal candidates have at least 2 years of experience on their instrument.


Students ages 12-18 are required to be fully vaccinated; boosters are recommended. Students ages 7-11 are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. No masks are required for fully vaccinated and boosted employees or volunteers, or for students ages 12+. Instrument mask or instrument PPE are not required.

Jazz Intensive

Local residents, use the code "KAMAAINA" at checkout!
$ 300

$240 for Hawaii residents
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  • Learn how to improvise solos
  • Individualized instruction
  • Fun and safe learning environment
Placement Video Excerpts

Option#1: Improvising a solo to a play-along track or live musicians. Make sure backing track is audible.

Blues by Five (Concert Key treble clef)

Blues by Five (for Bb instruments)

Blues by Five (for Eb instruments)

Blues by Five (Concert Key bass clef)

Rhythm Backing Track

Backing Track (no bass)

Backing Track (no piano)

Backing Track (no drums)

Option#2: If you are not able to improvise, then an etude or excerpt of your choice may be submitted. Wind Ensemble excerpts are acceptable.

Option#3: Students who opt to not send a placement video will be assigned to Jazz 2.


After registering, you will receive a placement video submission link. The purpose of the placement video is to help us determine which ensemble is the best fit for you. When recording, please make sure your face and instrument is clearly visible. High fidelity audio/video quality is not necessary.  While this is NOT an audition, students may not be accepted if they don’t meet the general performance expectations.