Trumpet Player

Ascent Big Band

We’re excited to announce that the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association is starting a jazz big band! Participants will be selected by audition only. If you sing, play alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar , bass guitar, vibes, or drums you can try out for the band! 


Participants will be exposed to great jazz literature of varying styles, play in sectionals led by experienced players and educators, learn jazz theory, and give performances. We hope you will join us!

Ascent Big Band Auditions

Step 1: Complete the Ascent Audition Application Form

Step 2: Practice, Practice, Practice! 

Step 3: Submit Your High-Quality Video Audition via Youtube or Dropbox link:

Send the link to with "Ascent Big Band Audition Link" in the subject. If this link requires a password, please be sure to include that information in the e-mail. If we cannot open it, your audition will not be considered. You must have completed the Ascent Audition Application Form in order for your audition to be considered!

Video requirements:

  • Musician’s full body must be visible in the audition.

  • Audition selections should be performed in the correct sequence.

  • Clearly state your name and instrument at beginning of video.

  • Introduce each selection.

Auditions are due no later than Wednesday, September 15th!


Tuition & Payment Information


  • For non-CSYSA members: $700 

  • Current CSYSA members: $350

Option 1: Full amount for the year due on September             17th, 2021 - $100 of tuition is non-refundable


Option 2: Deposit due on September 17th, 2021 - Non-refundable

Remaining payment due on October 15th, 2021


Option 3: Deposit due on September 17th, 2021

5 payments due on October 15th, 2021; November 15th, 2021; December 15th, 2021; January 15th, 2022; February 15th, 2022 

Rehearsals will be held at the CSYSA building every Tuesday from 7-8:30 pm beginning September 21st. 

Non-CSYSA Members: 5 payments of $120

CSYSA Members: 5 payments of $60


Dan Bell
Lead Instructor

Daniel (Dan) Bell has taught for 33 years in the districts of Fort Lupton (CO), Rangeview HS (Aurora), and Cheyenne Mountain (Colorado Springs) as a high school assistant and junior high band director. Mr. Bell is a proud University of Iowa and Colorado State University alumni. In the past 20 years, Mr. Bell’s jazz band and symphonic band have performed for the Colorado Music Educator’s Clinic/Conference twelve times. The Cheyenne Mountain JH Symphonic Band was a featured band at the 2007 American School Band Director’s Association (ASBDA) national convention in Colorado Springs. The symphonic band was a featured group at the UNC Conducting Symposium held in 2017 at UNC in Greeley, where they got to work with famed composer and band method book author Bruce Pearson. 


 Dan was a regular member of the staff at the Colorado State Rocky Mountain Summer Music Camp for 26 years as a jazz and band instructor, and has been the band director at the Colorado Mesa University Middle School music camp in June in Grand Junction from 2015 - present. He has also been on the staff for the Colorado Mesa University Jazz Utopia summer camp for the past 6 years. Dan has a brass private studio, and has conducted over 50 honor bands in Colorado. He is an experienced adjudicator at jazz and concert festivals and competitions, and has presented workshops and clinics for IAJE’s Teacher Training Institute in Kansas City, the Wyoming Music Educators All-State Convention, Colorado Bandmaster’s Association summer convention, and the Colorado Music Educator’s Association conference and clinic. Mr. Bell was also the Music Director for the 2010 Colorado Association of String Teachers Association (CASTA) camp. Dan was picked as the “Teacher of the Year” in the Spring of 2011 by the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Guild, was awarded the Distinguished Fine Arts Educator of the Year by the Colorado Springs Arts and Business Consortium in 2006, was awarded as outstanding project of the year by the Arts and Business Consortium in 2016 for the Futures Concert in D12. Dan was given the “Citation of Excellence in Teaching” by the National Band Association in May of 2014. Mr. Bell is a member of CMEA, JEN, CBA, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, NAfME, and ASBDA. Mr. Bell conducts the musicals at Cheyenne Mountain High School, performs in the Pikes Peak region as a freelance trumpet player, and is 2nd trumpet in the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs.