Jazz Band Camps

Middle & High School

July 6th - July 10th

We’re excited to announce that the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association will be holding not just one, but TWO jazz band camps this summer! This year's exciting addition is a middle school program. The big bands are for middle and high school students, grades 6-12, and participants will be selected by audition only. If you play alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar , bass guitar, vibes, or drums you can try out for the bands! The CSYSA Jazz Big Band is a 5-day summer camp experience that allows students a chance to play in an excellent big band, be exposed to great jazz literature of varying styles, play in sectionals led by experienced players and educators, learn jazz theory, and give a concert at the end of the week.

Wednesday through Sunday
HS Camp: 9am-12pm
MS Camp: 1pm-4pm
Sunday, May 10th: Rehearsals in the morning, joint concert at 2pm.
Tuition: $200
Auditions required. Open to musicians grades 6-12.

Important Dates


June 6th: Audition videos due. Please upload your video to YouTube or Dropbox and send the link to

June 13th: Notice of acceptance and music emailed to you

June 20th: $100 deposit due

July 6th: First Day of Camp-$100 remaining balance due


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.

Sectional Coaches

Sean Hennessy, trumpet

Cully Joyce, saxophone

Scott Crump, trombone

Jason Crowe, bass

Adam Olson, piano

Jazz Camp Audition Application Form

Please fill out this form in addition to sending in a video audition. Thanks!