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Full School Year Band Program 2020-2021

Hi Everyone,

We hope you and your families are all doing well!

Summary:  MYJB will offer as much as we can during the coming school year but we're not yet sure what we'll be able to offer or when.  For now, please email us the attached Interest Form and/or a recent recording of yourself so we can be all ready to offer you something as soon as it's available.
More Details:  MYJB is committed to providing musically satisfying and safe jazz rehearsal and performance opportunities during the 2020-2021 school year.  Each school district is in the process of developing policies for school in general and instrumental music in particular.  As school district policies are implemented we'll have a better idea of what MYJB can offer and when. All of our offerings will adhere to school district, state, and national health guidelines.

We'd like to be ready to go when the time is right.  If you're interested in participating in MYJB during the next school year please do one or both of these things:

1. Download and Fill out the MYJB Interest Form and email it back to me at david.mitchell@comcast.net.  That will enable us to consider you for opportunities as they arise and to keep you updated on our offerings.  We encourage you to email this form in right away.  If you decide to also send a recording you can do that at a later time.

Click here for the 2020/2021 Interest Form

2. Submit a recording of yourself performing a jazz etude of your choice and/or a recording of yourself playing and improvising on a song along with a live group or a play-along track.  These recordings can be as short as a minute or two each - we just want to get a sense of your playing ability and style.  If you want to send us something longer please limit the recordings to approximately 5 minutes each.  We encourage you to start working on pieces now for a submission at any time on or before Sept 7th.

Trumpets and trombones - Please also send us a recording of a chromatic scale from your lowest comfortable note to your highest comfortable note.  Accuracy is more important than speed and you can pause to take breaths.       

Your recording(s) can include video or be audio only.  You can either:
1. Email a YouTube recording link to david.mitchell@comcast.net
2. Email an audio or video file to david.mitchell@comcast.net
3. Give permission to my gmail address davmit1@gmail.com to access a file on Google Drive

We're accepting Interest Forms and/or recordings now.  You can send in the Interest From first and the recording later.  It would be best to submit your recording by September 7th in case we have something to offer starting in September, but we'll continue to accept recordings and Interest Forms after that.

Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

We hope to hear from you soon!


Application Instructions
Please download an application form and print it out on your printer. Fill out and sign, along with your parent or guardian's signature.

Mail it In!
Send your completed application to:

Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands
950 Scenic Dr.
Shoreview MN 55126

We will contact you with further details.

Thank You for your interest!

David Mitchell - Director
Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands

David MitchellDavid Mitchell - Director
David Mitchell has been a professional jazz musician, educator, and businessman for the past 30 years. Over the past 11 years, David's jazz quartet has done over 600 performances and clinics in Twin Cities' schools for thousands of young musicians, all funded by a grant. David's main instrument is the saxophone.

David has studied and played with numerous well known jazz musicians including Louis Bellson, Eddie Daniels, Lou Marini, and Dave Liebman. David has taught jazz theory and performance in a variety of settings, to students ranging from grade school to college. David was also founder and president of an Inc. 500 computer consulting company, and received a state Entrepreneurial award from Governor Arne Carlson.
Phil HolmPhil Holm - Director
Trumpeter Phil Holm has performed in the Twin Cities for many years. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. Holm has over 20 years of experience as a jazz educator. A former band director at Southview Middle School in Edina, he now appears at many jazz festivals around the country as an adjudicator & clinician. He also plays regularly with the rock-horn band Casablanca Orchestra (CBO), and formerly played with the Stud Brothers. Holm also performs with the jazz fusion big band, Bozo Allegro.
Bill Henry - Director Bill Henry - Director
Bill Henry has been a band director in Minnesota for the last 37 years. He taught instrumental music at Eastview High School in Apple Valley from the opening of the school in 1997 and also served as the music and dance department coordinator. Previous positions include Rosemount High School, Scott Highlands Middle School and the Albert Lea Public Schools. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College and a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University. He is an accomplished jazz pianist, big band arranger, and has served on the board for both the Minnesota Music Educators and the Minnesota Band Directors Associations. In 2011, he was recognized by the Minnesota Music Educators Association as Minnesota Music Educator of the year. Bill's Eastview Jazz Ensembles earned outstanding recognition in many regional jazz festivals and rave reviews for Eastview's annual Bravo productions.
For more information – please call us or email us

Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands,
950 Scenic Drive, Shoreview MN 55126
Ph: (651) 784-5136
Email: david.mitchell@comcast.net

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