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SBA Prairieland Jazz Camp, 2022

July 3 - 8, 2022 at the University of Regina (Riddell Centre)

Prairielands Jazz Camp is a unique opportunity for developing jazz musicians or even potential jazz enthusiasts.  The camp brings together some of the best jazz performers and educators in Canada to provide young musicians a week of intensive jazz training. 

Registration is open to ANY band student with at least 1 year on their instrument.  NO prior jazz band experience necessary!

Jazz Camp Activities

The Prairielands Jazz Camp is great for all ability levels and prior jazz experience is not necessary. Activities at camp are designed for different levels of playing ability so each participant can feel comfortable, yet challenged. The camp is open to hard working students from grade 6 to 12.

The camp utilizes a variety of formats to maximize learning while at all times remaining focused on each participant’s personal musical skill development.    

    Jazz camp includes:

      • Improvisation and jazz theory
      • Big band rehearsals and sectionals
      • Combo experience for all participants
      • Instrument master classes each morning
      • 2 half-hour private lessons
      • Guided listening sessions
      • Student big band & combo concerts
      • Staff big band & combo concerts

    How to Register for Jazz Camp

    Key steps to register:

      1. Create your free Band Family Membership Account  (already have an account?  Go to step 2)
      2. Log In - Sign into your Band Family account
      3.  Select Prairielands Jazz Camp from the band camp details page and follow the prompts to complete the registration process.

    Please Note:   Your Band Family Account will link any child you register directly to your account, streamlining the registration process and giving you direct access to update your contact information, view past payments and more.  If you are registering for the first time - welcome!  Once you set up your Band Family Membership Account you will receive a confirmation email with your user name and a temporary password.  From there you can log in and change your password if you wish.

    Please Note: Jazz Camp requires a unique mix of instruments to form a band.  In addition to woodwind and brass instruments we require a LIMITED number of registrants for specific instruments: piano, percussion, guitar and bass.  The registration system has been designed for you to specifically select/register for your instrument

    If you have questions about the Registration process you can reach us at 

    About the Jazz Camp Faculty

    The Prairielands Jazz Camp offers a host of nationally-acclaimed clinicians.  Most of our clinicians - including our Jazz Camp Coordinators - are actually prior graduates of Prairielands Jazz Camp.  For 2022 we are pleased to have the following fantastic clinicians:

      • Cheryl Ferguson, Big Band - Winnipeg
      • Trent Reschny, tenor sax - Regina
      • Donny Kennedy, alto sax - MontrĂ©al
      • Jeff McLeod, piano - Toronto
      • Derek Friesen, trumpet - Regina
      • Pat Collins, bass - Toronto
      • Chris Wallace, percussion - Lipton
    Plus of course we have our fantastic Jazz Camp Coordinators:  Dr. David Dick, Chad Huel and Cam Church

    Cheryl Ferguson

    Cheryl Ferguson received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance (French horn) and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Mary (Bismarck, ND).  She has also done graduate work at Southern Oregon University, and has earned a Master in Curriculum Studies (Music Education) at Acadia University (Nova Scotia).

    She is active as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor, including conducting many regional Honour Bands across the Prairies.  She has adjudicated at band and chamber music festivals across the Prairie Provinces and in North Dakota.  Cheryl has also conducted the Adult Advanced Band at International Music Camp for several years. 

    Donny Kennedy

    Donny Kennedy moved to Montreal, Quebec in 1995 to pursue a jazz performance degree at McGill University.  During his stay as an undergraduate student, he was the recipient of the David Holt award for academic standing in jazz. 

    Donny teaches at McGill University, St. George’s School of Montreal, and has also recently begun teaching at Vanier College.  At McGill, he has taught Basic Jazz Arranging, Jazz Saxophone, Jazz Materials, Basic Materials of Jazz, Jazz Orchestra III, and Jazz Combo.  He is also the Jazz Combo Coordinator at McGill University.  Recently he was awarded the McGill University Schulich's Teaching Award for 2020-21.

    Pat Collins

    Originally from Qualicum Beach, B.C., bassist Pat Collins moved to Toronto in 1988 and has become one of the more active bassists on the Canadian Jazz Scene.  Pat has performed with such legendary musicians as Oscar Peterson, Joe Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Jimmy Cobb and Lee Konitz.  He has also performed with legendary Canadian musicians as Moe Koffman, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Peter Appleyard and Don Thompson.

    Pat is also an educator, and is on the full-time music faculty of Mohawk College, in Hamilton, Ontario.  Pat also taught for many years at Humber College in Toronto, as well as many summer music camps including the Interprovincial Music Camp, Kincardine Summer Music Festival and the National Music Camp. 

    Jeff McLeod

    Jeff McLeod is a Toronto-based jazz organist and pianist. He holds Doctorate and Masters degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY where he studied with noted jazz pianists and educators Harold Danko and Bill Dobbins and worked as a course instructor for four years. He is an active live and studio performer on the Canadian music scene and has released two albums under his own name. His first release, Double Entendre, is a double CD set with one of the discs devoted entirely to the Hammond organ. It was nominated for Jazz Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

    Trent Reschny

    Trent is a graduate of U of R and the University of Toronto’s Jazz program.

    He’s played his saxophone locally with Jack Semple, the Regina and Saskatoon Jazz Orchestras, 15 years on Toronto's jazz scene, across Canada with Jully Black, Matt Dusk, Kardinal Offishal, Shad, Luke McMaster, Valery Gore, and with visiting artists The Temptations, The SNL All Stars, Don Rickles, Dukes of Hazzard, Bob Newhart and more.

    Dr. Derek Friesen

    " has given me the opportunity to travel the world (over 60 countries!), to experience various cultures, and to see first-hand how music can connect people from different walks-of-life. Music truly is a universal language."

    Chris Wallace

    Chris is an award winning drummwer and composer with over 25 years of professional touring & recording experience at the International level.

    Between 2002 and 2013 he lived in Edinburgh, Scotland and was a central figure in the Scottish jazz community.  Chris has a vast range of experience touring across 5 continents performing all styles of music from Burlseque/Cabaret, Vocal Jazz, Experimental Music, Pop, Latin, Rock, R and B, Modern Jazz, Mainstream Jazz etc. Over 15 years active as a composer and bandleader releasing over 20 albums as leader/collaborator.

    Prairielands Jazz Camp Coordinators

    David Dick

    Dr. David Dick is the Principal Trombone of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and interin Dean for the Department of Music at the University of Regina, where he also directs the Jazz I Band. His previous teaching appointments have included University of Memphis, Jackson State University, Belhaven University, and Briercrest College. 

    Dave is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator, regularly working with bands, jazz bands, and soloists at regional and provincial music festivals. As an active musician, he continues to perform in a wide variety of settings including orchestras, chamber groups, early music ensembles, jazz ensembles, and blues bands.

    Chad Huel

    Chad graduated with a B.Mus.Ed from the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2000.   Chad taught the Regina Lions Band from 1993-2003.  This was an extra-curricular type of organization which provided opportunities such as Concert Band, Jazz Band, Winter Drumline, Winter Color Guard, and Marching Band. 

    Chad has taught for over 20 years and currently directs the Regina Catholic School Division Intermediate and Senior Division wide Jazz Bands. He also teaches at the University of Regina and is the Director of the U of R Jazz II Band.

    Cameron Church

    Cameron is a graduate of the University of Regina (B.Mus.Ed) and the University of North Texas (M.M. Jazz Studies).  He has studied saxophone with Karen Finnsson, Jim Riggs, and Brad Leali and during that time period also became a member of the music honours society Phi Kappa Lambda.

    Cam has had a wide variety of performance opportunities with Carnival Cruise Lines, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Regina Jazz Orchestra, Regina Saxophone Quartet, Bob Moyer Big Band, Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra and as a pit orchestra member in many musicals.

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