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Blue Lake International Jazz Band

The Blue Lake International Jazz Band is comprised of the instrumentation found in a traditional 18 piece jazz big band, with 5 saxes (alto, tenor and bari), 5 trumpets, 5 trombones and rhythm (piano, bass and drums). The group’s repertoire will range from the classic big bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Woody Herman to more contemporary composers such as Gordon Goodwin, Bob Mintzer, and John Fedchock. 

Each of the groups in the Blue Lake International Exchange Program will visit five to seven towns (hosting communities) in Europe.

2018 International Jazz Band
David Jensen, Music Director

David JensenDavid Jensen received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Music Performance Degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, in Trombone Performance. Currently on staff at Royal Oak High School, he teaches Bands, Orchestras, Marching Band, Jazz Bands, Music Theory, and Guitar. In addition to teaching, Mr. Jensen maintains an active performing career.  He has performed at every major venue in the Detroit area, and extensively throughout the state. While trombone is his major instrument, he regularly performs on trumpet and electric bass. As a performer, clinician and adjudicator, he makes appearances at MSBOA festivals, collegiate festivals, and regional festivals. Mr. Jensen began his career at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp very early.  A native of Whitehall Michigan, he attended summer camp throughout middle school and high school and toured Europe as a student with the International Jazz Band in 1982. Currently, he is co-coordinator of the Jazz Department and a veteran teacher on the camp's jazz staff, directing bands during the summer sessions and playing trombone in the Faculty Jazztet. He, his wife Lisa and children Kyrstin and Andrew (Blue Lake International alumni!) are residents of Royal Oak Michigan. When not making music, the Jensen family can be found somewhere enjoying Michigan’s beautiful outdoors.  The 2018 trip will be Mr. Jensen’s sixth tour with the International Jazz Program.