Blue Lake's Jazz Program is designed to challenge young artists of all proficiency levels by exploring the world of Jazz through a well-balanced curriculum focusing on ensemble work, studying the masters of the genre, and improvisational studies. Daily classes include full ensemble rehearsals of standard jazz band instrumentation, sectionals, technique class, and an improvisation and listening lab. Students are encouraged to refine their jazz improvisational skills throughout all classes.

The jazz program, offered in Sessions 1, 2, and 3 only, is open to intermediate and advanced jazz students, as well as less experienced musicians who are new to this uniquely American art form. Students will be grouped by experience and ability after submitting a placement video prior to arrival.

Students can complete their instructional day by choosing a Minor, allowing them to experience another area of interest while at camp. (For more information, visit Minors). Students also have the opportunity to participate in recreation, camp activities, and attend arts-focused educational events in the evening.

For more information on Blue Lake’s 2021 adjustments relating to COVID-19 health and safety precautions, visit COVID-Careful Planning.

Blue Lake International
During the summer season, each jazz student will have the opportunity to apply for the International Jazz Ensemble, which will tour Europe during the summer of 2022, as part of Blue Lake's International Exchange Program. For additional information on this exciting opportunity visit


Jazz Conductors 2021

Session 1
Vanguard Jazz Band – James Sawyer, retired, East Kentwood Public Schools, Kentwood, MI
Blue Note Jazz Band – Roxanne Stevenson, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL

Session 2
Vanguard Jazz Band – David Jensen, Royal Oak Schools, Royal Oak, MI
Blue Note Jazz Band – Dominic Bierenga, Hazel Park, MI

Session 3
Vanguard Jazz Band – Kerry Moffit, retired USAF, Newport News, VA
Blue Note Jazz Band – Gregory Dudzienski, Chicago, IL