Monday Night Jazz Band

Instructors Mark Weed Scott Sayre


Recommended for Grades 6-12

In this weekly class, students will explore various styles of jazz as an ensemble and be introduced to improvisation.  This class is perfect to compliment the band/orchestra classes at school, help prepare for next level classes and ensembles, and as a way to put their skills learned in private lessons into practice with a group.

Monday Night Jazz Band Interest Survey

Fill out this survey and we will place you on the interest list. When a spot is available, we will contact you with instructions on how to register.

2020-2021 School Year

jazz3-webMEETS: Every Monday from 6:30pm-8:00pm (school holidays excluded)

DATES: February 1, 2021- April 2, 2021

WHERE: All band rehearsals will take place IN PERSON at the Polster Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, in the BGC ACTIVITY ROOM.

COST: $250 one time fee for the session. 

TO REGISTER: Fill out the above Interest Survey or email Amanda Buzzell at

Registration in Fall Jazz Band includes a weekly rehearsal session with the band and YAA instructors. Performance opportunities within the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito and at other community music venues and events may be possible if deemed safe. All YAA students receive access to other YAA programs such as private lessons, master classes, jam sessions, free tickets to area music and performing arts opportunities. The Jazz Band will receive the opportunity to perform at COMMOTION, the annual fundraiser for the Youth Arts Academy.


Students are required to practice 15-20 minutes each day on their own and listen to as much live and recorded jazz music as possible. Due to the small collaborative nature of the band programs, students are expected to focus on constructive communication, collaboration, and conflict resolution. Private lessons at YAA in addition to Jazz Band are highly recommended, especially for beginning musicians.

Safety & Accessibility:

At this time, Jazz band rehearsals will be in-person and take place inside the Polster branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs in the Polster Boys and Girls Clubs Activity room.

The safety of students and staff are of utmost priority especially in this current season of COVID. The Youth Arts Academy will provide each family enrolling in Jazz Band with the Safe Reopening Plan which outlines safety protocols for social distancing, personal protection & hygiene, sanitation & cleanliness. All students will be required to sign a COVID waiver in order to participate in programs with the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. All students and staff will participate in daily health screenings, wear personal protection equipment, and will obey strict social distancing and hygiene protocol. All protocols, policies, and procedures are derived from guidelines and mandates from the proper health, music education, and government agencies.