Jazz Track

Faculty | Guest Faculty | Schedule

Daily Festival Activities Include:

  • Combo Rehearsal
  • Music Theory
  • Improvisation Coaching
  • Each jazz track camper will also receive at least one 30-minute private lesson with a faculty member during the week
  • Practice Time
  • Evening Activities – Performances and Entertainment

2013 Faculty

Jeff GordonJeff Gordon, jazz band.  Jeff is an adjunct faculty member at Friends University, where he teaches applied jazz improvisation, jazz combo classes, is the big band trumpet section coach, and is a member of the Friends Faculty Jazz Sextet.  Jeff holds a Masters degree in trumpet performance and a Bachelors degree in Jazz Studies from Wichita State University.  Equally at home in jazz, commercial or classical settings,  Jeff has been playing trumpet professionally for nearly 30 years and is a much-in-demand player.  Locally, he has performed with the national Broadway tour of Wicked, The Temptations, The Four Freshman, Wayne Newton, Las Vegas acts The Scintas and Bob Anderson,  and with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.  He regularly plays lead trumpet in the pit orchestra for Music Theatre Wichita, Crown Uptown Theatre, and other area music theater productions.   Jeff also maintains an active private teaching studio in the Wichita area.

2013 Guest Faculty

Sam HakeSam Hake is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at Wichita Collegiate School in Wichita, Ks where he teaches 5-12 band. He performs regularly with local jazz artists, in theaters, and many other live music situations. He has opened for Snarky Puppy with the local jazz/funk/rock group The Project H, was a member of funk trio Riverside 65, performs with Robin Macy and the Cherokee Maidens, and more. He has adjudicated the Southern Plains Marching Festival as the Percussion judge in 2011 , the Pioneer League Middle School Festival in the spring of 2011, and in 2012 judged the Central Plains League festival. He has a 1 year old son named Noah with his lovely wife Beth.

Jazz Track Schedule 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013 Schedule

11:00 am – 2:00 pm Festival Move-in
Lunch – On Your Own
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Counselors, SC Ambassadors, CIT’s and Participants – Intro to Festival
3:15 pm – 6:00 pm Auditions & Combo Placement
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner – Welcome Center
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Combo Rehearsal
8:15 pm – 9:30 pm Jazz Faculty and the Student Loans Concert – Richardson PAC
9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Festival Meeting and Ice Breakers for resident participants

Tuesday, June 4 - Friday, June 7

7:30 am – 8:30 am Practice Time/Free Time
8:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast – Dining Hall
9:00 am – 9:50 am Improvisation
10:00 am – 10:50 am Theory
11:00 am – 11:50 am Combo Rehearsal
12:15 pm – 12:55 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:10 pm All-Festival Choir Rehearsals/Practice
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Improv Experience for non-jazz track campers
3:05 pm – 4:05 pm Combo Rehearsal
4:10 pm – 4:25 pm Break and Snacks – Java Jinx
4:30 pm – 5:40 pm All-Festival Orchestra Rehearsal
5:45 pm – 6:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Various All-Festival Events:
  • Tuesday – City Band Rehearsal/Movie Night
  • Wednesday – Faculty Showcase Concert
  • Thursday – Island Park Supper and Swim
  • Friday – City Band Concert and Talent Show

Saturday, June 8


8:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am – 11:00 am Final Rehearsals
11:00 am Refreshments - Roy L. Smith Student Center Lobby
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Check Out (in phases)
1:00 pm Vocal Solos - Richardson PAC
Jazz Combo - Deets Library
Chamber ensembles and piano performances - Messenger Recital Hall
1:40 pm Vocal ensembles - Richardson PAC
Chamber ensembles and piano performances - Messenger Recital Hall
Composition Debut - Darbeth Listening Lab
Jazz Combos - Deets Library
2:20 pm Chamber ensembles and piano performances - Messenger Recital Hall
Composition Debut - Darbeth Listening Lab
3:15 pm Orchestra Concert - Richardson PAC
4:15 pm Choir Concert - Richardson PAC
5:15 pm Banquet - Roy L. Smith Student Center