The following information is from the 2020 season.
We're excited to announce a North Metro Honor Jazz Band Program starting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This band is open to all musicians high school age or younger in the greater Twin Cities area. The instrumentation will be that of a traditional jazz big band - saxophones (alto, tenor, bari), trombones, trumpets, piano, bass, drums, and guitar. The band will rehearse each Tuesday from 6:30 - 8:30 PM for 9 weeks starting March 17 at Spring Lake Park High School, play one concert, and record a CD in a professional studio.
Application - While it is open to students from all over the Twin Cities area, the intent of this band is to offer musicians in the North and West Metro areas a convenient opportunity to meet musicians from other schools, rehearse together, perform and produce a CD. Students can apply by filling out and mailing or emailing an application. You may also download a brochure for further information.
Download an Application | Download a Brochure
Auditions - If we have more applicants than we can accommodate, we'll contact students by early March to schedule a short audition.
Fees - There will be a $200 fee for participation. Scholarship money is available in case of financial need.
Rehearsals (Tuesdays) - March 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12; at Spring Lake Park High School.
Concert Date - Date, time and place to be determined.
CD Recording Date - To be determined.
Brian Lukkasson - Director
is director of bands at Spring Lake Park High
School and is on the founding board of the Minnesota Jazz Educators
Association. At Spring Lake Park, he directs two concerts bands and
leads the jazz program, which consist of 2 large ensembles and a combo
that are taught through a composition and transcription based
curriculum. Brian received a Bachelor of Arts in trombone performance at
the University of Minnesota, Morris where he studied jazz pedagogy with
Jim "Doc" Carlson. He also earned a Masters in Music Education with an
instrumental focus from the University of St. Thomas.
The Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands Program
For the past 15 years, the Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands Program has sponsored jazz performance opportunities for young musicians from the greater Twin Cities area. Three of our high school age bands meet for the full school year, perform several concerts and record a CD and DVD. Our three mid level bands and our North Metro Band meet for 9 weeks each Spring, perform a concert, and produce a CD or DVD.
For more information – please call us or email us
Director- North Metro Honor Jazz Band
Director - Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands