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Clinics
 
Beginning in January 2004 Jay will begin devoting more of his time to clinics with jr. high, high school, & college jazz bands. He has conducted clinics for the National Association of Jazz Educators, National Stage Band Camps, & many colleges such as Cameron University, University of Central Oklahoma, DeAnza College Elmhurst College & more recently with Branson on Stage Live.

"I do clinics because I love to see the smiles on the students faces when they understand a concept. When something that was beyond their reach a moment ago is suddenly within their grasp."

"I believe it best suits the instructor & students to customize the clinic to satisfy the needs of the group."

Embouchure Development
Proper Breathing & Support Exercises
Sight-reading
Stylistic Interpretations
Improvisation
Rhythm Section
Full Ensemble Rehearsal


Embouchure Development
Jay will demonstrate the mechanics of the embouchure personally & then using a student to demonstrate to the class.  Without an efficient embouchure there is no endurance, flexibility, or  joy of playing.  Playing a musical instrument (brass especially) cannot be fun if you're using lots of pressure.  Jay will work to get rid of the physical pressure on your face.  Proper balance of air and less pressure will produce an embouchure that will be far more efficient.  At that point one can begin to concentrate on the music and not the physical challenge of playing the notes.

Breathing & Support Exercises 
Without proper breathing & support, embouchure would be meaningless. How to support the air is not a difficult task once its been explained.

Sight-reading
What you should look for when reading something for the first time. It may be the only time you have an opportunity to read it before you perform or record.

Stylistic interpretation 
This is the ability to make music out of the written page.  Which notes do you make long & which notes do you make short & why?  Many ensembles are just a notch away from sounding close to a professional level except for interpretation.

Improvisation 
An improvisation clinic with all instruments participating.  This is an eye opener for many students as well as instructors.  There is no mystery to playing a good solo.  The only mystery is how to explain the rhythm section,  chordal structure, & the soloist all work together in a dialog together.  The soloist, rhythm section, & the audience all have to have a dialog together.  That's when everyone goes away happy, not frustrated & disappointed.

Rhythm Section
The rhythm section clinic will focus on interpretation, chord voicings, bass lines, comping styles & sound textures.

Full Ensemble Rehearsal
Jay will rehearse your band on their current material, such as contest or other performance.  Jay will bring his unique background and stylistic concept to music familiar to the students.  A recording will be made before and after the clinic and the students can decide if the clinic has made a real difference... it always does.

Jay can also rehearse and perform his original compositions with your ensemble. These charts will be sent to you in advance.

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