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Jazz In The Pines Student Clinic

Up your jazz playing by learning from some of the best jazz artists in the country – professionals who earn a living playing and teaching the next generation of musicians. In this summer jazz camp, you’ll get the opportunity to rehearse and perform daily in big bands and combos, as well as get specialized coaching on your instrument. The daily curriculum will include music theory, arranging and improvisational techniques, and master classes. Guest artists and faculty perform with students at concerts held at the end of each week.

Jazz thrives and grows when it is passed unselfishly from generation to generation. Come to the Jazz In The Pines Student Clinic and learn from a generation of greats.

This music workshop is open admission for ages 14-18; 13 year olds accepted by instructor permission. Instructors will work with students at their level. Your student will improve and learn new skills, whether she or he has been playing an instrument for two years or for several years.

There is no audition required prior to arrival, although we do recommend that your child has at least two years of experience playing their instrument. Although this is an open admission program, students will audition for chair or ensemble placement on the first day.

All music program applications require a review of a student’s application before the student can move from Applied to Enrolled due to instrument availability.

Plan to bring your own folding music stand and equipment marked with your name (i.e. drums, amps, etc.). Idyllwild Arts cannot provide instruments or personal equipment.

Jazz Instrumental  Intensive Required Attire

  • Casual dress for all concerts
  • Collared shirt or blouse (short sleeve is fine)
  • Long slacks or dresses/skirts below the knee

Find the full schedule and materials list here.

A typical day starts off with a morning of classes, taught by acclaimed jazz performers and educators. At 9:00, younger students attend classes in music theory; more advanced students attend classes in arranging and composing, which culminates in performances of student work. At 10:00, students attend master classes on their specific instruments, where specific playing techniques are discussed in detail. At 11:00, students stay with their instrument groupings, but shift emphasis to Jazz Improvisation; under the guidance of their instructors, students play improvised solos every day.

After lunch, the emphasis shifts to ensemble rehearsals, with the faculty becoming directors; big band and bombo (small ensemble rehearsals) occur throughout the afternoon. Students are placed in ensembles according to their ability and experience (determined by an audition on the first day of camp).

Tom Hynes, Auxiliary Jazz Chair/Guitar: is an educator, guitarist and composer. Tom is a full time Professor of Music at Azusa Pacific University, and also serves on the faculties of Idyllwild Arts Academy and St. Catherine’s Academy. Credits include Hubert Laws, Liza Minelli, Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and the US Department of State. He has composed music for the Smithsonian Institute and the Orange County Museum of Art. Jazz recordings include The Sun Shop and Tom Hynes and Marshall Hawkins: Live at The Fret House.

Marshall Hawkins, Bass: Born 1939 in Anacostia, a community of Washington DC, Marshall Hawkins has performed with Shirley Horn, Donny Hathaway, Miles Davis, Richie Cole, Roberta Flack and many others. He founded the Jazz program at Idyllwild Arts Academy in 1986. He has been a Jazz Bass coach in the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program and was co-founder of Jazz In The Pines in 1994. He was recently voted into the Hall of Fame of the California Alliance of Jazz.

Rick Shaw, Bass: Rick Shaw spent three seasons with the Sacramento Symphony before attending Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, he performed in their Philharmonia Orchestra and completed the Jazz Studies program with a Masters of Music degree in 1981. In 1983, Rick moved to Los Angeles and began working freelance. Since then, he has toured with the 60’s vocal group The Lettermen and jazz artists Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson, also recording with Maynard on his first High Voltage CD. He also toured regularly with Johnny Mathis.

In addition to being a regular with the Big Phat Band, Rick also played with Bill Holman and Chick Corea. As an educator at Riverside Community College, he teaches bass students and small ensembles, and his students have won acclaim in their division at the Reno Jazz Festival. Rick also holds the position of Jazz Instructor at Azusa Pacific University. As a sideman, Mr. Shaw has recorded commercials and TV shows such as JAG, King of the Hill, and The Simpsons. Recordings for vocalists include Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Celine Dion, Beck, and Ray Charles. He’s also performed in orchestras for movies such as Freaky Friday, National Treasure and Legally Blonde II. Rick currently performs regularly with jazz vocalist Rose Colella and many other jazz musicians in the LA area and beyond.

Clayton Cameron, Drums: Clayton is known as a dynamic drummer who has also experimented with and perfected the art of brush technique. Cameron has toured with Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett, as well as other legends of the jazz world including George Shearing, Joe Pass, and Joe Williams. During Cameron’s time with Tony Bennett, the group performed with many great artists including Frank Sinatra, Billie Joel, Sting, Mariah Carey, Brandy, the Back Street Boys, James Taylor, K.D. Lang, Elvis Costello, and Ricky Martin.

Clayton E. Powell, Jr., Drums/Keyboard: Clayton has been an international performer, recording artist, composer, arranger and music educator for the last 25 years, having performed and taught in over 20 countries on five continents. Clayton has performed or taught with artists such as: Alan Paul of the Manhattan Transfer, The Marshall Hawkins Trio and Quintet (legendary Jazz bassist for Miles Davis, Tony Williams, Frank Sinatra, Roberta Flack, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and founder of the Jazz in The Pines festival at Idyllwild, CA), recording artist and Les Paul autobiographer, Robby Lawrence, Idyllwild Master Chorale, Grammy nominated Jazz Vocalist Sherry Williams, Emmy Award nominee Film and Television composer, John Rodby, and Count Basie Band Vocalist John Flemming, to name a few. He is also producer/composer at the internationally acclaimed Shaddow Ryderz Group. Clayton currently is a faculty member at the Idyllwild Arts Academy international boarding arts high school in Idyllwild, CA. He teaches drums, Jazz piano, arranging, composition, Jazz theory, Jazz improvisation, and MIDI programming. He is director and founder of the Free Music Lessons program in San Jacinto, CA, which gives free music lessons to all ages and researches how music lessons can help Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and PTSD patients. He is a board member of Redemption Radio & Shelter Studioz (RRSSOZ), San Jacinto, CA. Clayton’s most recent recording project was a double CD 20-tune Christmas Project for Christmas 2016, for which he arranged, played drums, and programmed all of the instruments. This project was in regular rotation on radio in recent Christmas seasons. When not touring, Clayton is based in San Diego and Los Angeles Counties and surrounding areas, and is a member of the Tony LaVoz Band.

Matt Johnson, Drums: Matt is considered one of the West Coast’s most versatile drummers. The Los Angeles Times called him “a hurricane on sticks!” Noted for his jazz stylings, Matt is equally versed in all forms of Pop and World drumming and has performed with a range of entertainers, from singers Julie Andrews and Andy Williams to Surf-rock pioneers Jan and Dean and big band legends Billy May and Les Brown. As a founding member of the Tony Guerrero Quintet, he currently tours with Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress/comedienne Jane Lynch (Glee, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Best in Show) and singer/actor and American icon James Darren. Johnson is in his 25th year as Adjunct Instructor of Drum Set at Fullerton College in Southern California. He is also an artist/clinician for Mapex Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Aquarian Drumheads, Roland US, Vic Firth Drumsticks, and is the current Industry Representative for the California Alliance for Jazz.

Barb Catlin, Piano:

Matt Harris, Piano: BM, University of Miami, MM, Eastman School of Music; based in Los Angeles; keyboardist, composer/arranger; an active clinician, conductor and composer for high schools, colleges, and professional bands around the world. Recording debut as a leader on Voss Records; most recently accepted an appointment as co-director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Northridge. Additional information, pictures, big band charts, CDs, sound bytes, and contact information can be found at Matt’s web site,

Dan Radlauer, Rhythm: Composer for reality TV hits Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch, The Surreal Life, Flavor of Love, Ruby, and Outback Jack as well as Set for Life on ABC, Same Name on CBS, and TV and radio commercials. Feature films include We’re Not Broke and The Mummy III. Dan has played bass, keyboards and guitar on thousands of recording sessions. As a teacher, he specializes in composition, orchestration and young Jazz performing groups. UC Riverside.

Charlie Richard, Saxophone: He has performed with The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, Orion Saxophone Quartet, Mark Masters’ Jazz Composers Orchestra, and Hip Pocket. Charlie is currently a Professor of Music at Riverside City College. He has received the Downbeat Magazine award for Best Extended Original Jazz Composition and his CD, The Hawk’s Out, by the Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra, was selected by New York’s Cadence Magazine as its Outstanding Big Band Recording of the Year.

Dan St. Marseille, Saxophone: MM, CSU, Fullerton; A professional musician and educator, and the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the Orange County School of the Arts. He has performed as a soloist and alongside many renowned musicians. Dan’s recordings are heard internationally on jazz radio. In addition to local and national tours, Dan has performed in Europe, Canada and many jazz festivals. In April of 1999, he was inducted into the Saddleback Valley School District’s Hall Of Fame for excellence in performance.

Frank Fontaine, Saxophone: Frank is the director of Jazz and Instrumental Music at McAuliffe Middle School. As a former resident of New Your City, Frank compiled performance credits in the bands of Elvin Jones, Darcy James Argue, and Roy Haynes.  Composition, arranging, and performance credit on several popular and commercial recordings (Mariah Carey, Patti LaBelle, Dora the Explorer) have earned Grammy nomination and critical acclaim. As a doctoral candidate and emerging scholar, the empowerment of marginalized musicians is central to Frank’s academic research and professional practice. Wisdom Rising is the title of Frank’s first album (awarded the iTunes Rising Star of Jazz). 

Paul Carman, Saxophone: A veteran of the Frank Zappa Band, Paul has led many of his own original jazz groups including Mother Tongue, E.S.P., Triorbits, Flying V, Fourbits, and the Quarket. He has released four critically acclaimed CDs and recorded and composed music for films. He has taught at USC, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Saddleback College, and numerous high schools around the country. He is currently Assistant Director of Jazz Studies and saxophone instructor at Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Alex Iles, Trombone:

David Beatty, Trombone: His performance credits include music for motion pictures, television, commercials, theatrical productions, CDs and a number of symphony orchestras. A composer, arranger, and music copyist, he is also in demand as an adjudicator and clinician for jazz clinics and festivals in Southern California. His ensemble experience includes directing Trombone Choir, Brass Choir, Jazz Combo, and Jazz Big Band. He is currently teaching in the commercial music field and directing the APU Jazz Ensemble.

John Daversa, Trumpet:

Kye Palmer, Trumpet: Kye is an acclaimed jazz and lead trumpet player. His credits include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno band.

Wayne Bergeron, Trumpet:

There is an Honor Music discount for students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups. Students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups qualify for an automatic discount of $1,200 through February 25, 2021. After February 25, 2021, the discount will lower to $1,000 through April 15, 2021.

No Honor Awards are available after April 15. Additional financial aid based on financial need is available.

Steps to Enrollment Process for Honor Discount:

  • Fill out the online application using the Register Now button on our website. 
  • In the application, we ask if your child is in an honor group or band. 
    • Please fill in the Honor band questions when prompted in the application. 
  • You will not see the deduction for the Honor Music discount when you get to the payment page  – as this is a discount, it must be manually applied by a member of the registration team. 
    • If you intend to pay in full, please select the pay in full button when you complete the application. 
  • When you submit your application, your card will not be charged immediately, as music students’ applications need to be reviewed for:
    • Instrument availability
    • Audition requirements (if applicable for the program)
    • Honor Music Group verification – we ask that you provide verification that your child is part of the Honor group you listed in the application. 
  • Once we receive the application, we will review it within a week and:
    • Send you email instructions for verifying Honor group participation
    • Send you email instructions for completing the audition (If applicable)
  • We will then enroll your child and apply the Honor discount at this time.
Instrument Target # Availability
Drums 4 Limited space available
Bass (Upright/Electric) 4 Limited space available
Guitar – Electric 3 Open
Piano/Keyboard 3 Limited space available
Sax – Alto 3 Open
Sax – Baritone 1 Sold out*
Sax – Tenor 3 Sold out*
Trombone – Tenor 5 Open
Trombone – Bass 1 Open
Trumpet 7 Open

The instrument breakdown listed above is a projection of the intended enrollment for the program – actual final enrollment may vary slightly from this at the conductor’s discretion.

*This instrument has sold out. To join the waitlist, please complete the Camper Application for all ages. Here is a guide to joining the waitlist. You will receive an automated email that your child is in Applied status after submitting the application. Once we have reviewed your application, we will follow up with an email confirming that you have been added to the waitlist.

Age: 14-18

July 3-17, 2021
Two-week session

Performance information to be announced.

Tuition, room and board:

Day student tuition:

Lab fee:

Enrollment limited to 40 students.
Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students.

Tom Hynes

Marshall Hawkins
John Daversa
Wayne Bergeron
Alex Iles
Matt Harris
Clayton Cameron
Kye Palmer
Frank Fontaine
Dan Radlauer
Dave Beatty
Barb Catlin
Dan St. Marseille
Charlie Richard
Rick Shaw
Matt Johnson
Paul Carman
Clayton E. Powell, Jr.

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