Jazz Band Camp

June 27th-July 1st

After many requests over the years, we’re excited to announce that the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association is going to start a jazz big band! The big band is for high school students, grades 9-12, 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 band! 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.

Sunday through Thursday
June 27th: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
June 28th-30th: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
July 1st: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 6:30 PM Concert
Tuition: $200
Auditions required. Open to musicians grades 9-12.

Important Dates


May 1st: Audition videos due. Please upload your video to YouTube and send the link to or upload to your audition application.

May 14th: Notice of acceptance

May 28th: Music will be emailed to you

June 1st: $100 deposit due

June 27th: First Day of Camp-$100 remaining balance due

Camp Faculty
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

Audition Materials

COVID-19 Safety Procedures


In order to operate safely and in accordance with local, state, and federal public health guidelines during the current global pandemic, the CSYSA has implemented the following procedures with which all students, families, and staff are required to comply. Because of our policies, we are able to safely meet in our space. For full COVID-19 guidelines, please see our "COVID-19 Safety Procedures" page under the "About Us" section.

  1. Students are REQUIRED to wear a cloth face covering while at CSYSA activities. Families must provide a face covering for their student. Students are required to wear masks in rehearsals, based on scientific studies of aerosolized particles (NFHS/Boulder, BBE).

  2. Students must maintain social distance (6 feet minimum) at ALL times. No hugging, shaking hands, elbow bumping, or contact of any kind is permitted. Violation of this requirement will result in a warning and second offense will result in the student being sent home.

  3. Student temperatures will be checked by infrared thermometer every day upon arrival. Temperatures in excess of 100.0 degrees are not allowed to participate. Student temperature should also be checked at home each day before leaving for camp.

  4. If any sickness is detected before coming to any CSYSA event (fever, dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath), they should stay home. If the student has had any contact with someone with COVID-19, they should stay home.

  5. If any student has had contact with another person who is suspected or verified to be positive for COVID-19, they should stay home until a negative test result can be obtained.

  6. While at any CSYSA event, students must report any sickness that they feel immediately. If sickness is recognized, student will be isolated and a call will be placed for immediate parent/guardian pickup.

  7. Students must disinfect hands before entering the building, preferably before getting out of the car. They must disinfect or wash hands for at least 20 seconds after coughing or sneezing.

  8. Students must stay with their musical group and not mix with musicians from other ensembles.

  9. Instrument Specific Requirements:

    1. Woodwind & brass instrumentalists are required to wear masks with a hole or slit cut to accommodate their instrument. Noses should be covered.

    2. Wind instrument coverings may be required in the future as products become available, but are not required at this time.

    3. All brass players must bring their own water cloth. Disposable cloths are preferred. Water keys must not be emptied onto the floor.

    4. Woodwind players must not blow out instrument holes and reeds may not be shared.

    5. String players may not share stands.

    6. Percussionists must maintain distancing while changing instruments.

  10. All students must bring their own music stand. Stands should be labeled with the student’s name.

Jazz Camp Audition Application Form

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