|Bellingham Youth Jazz Band|
|Bellingham Youth Jazz Band|
Under the direction of Mark Kelly, The Jazz Project’s Bellingham Youth Jazz Band begins its fourteenth year as a Jazz Project program. The BYJB provides middle school and high school students the opportunity to learn America’s original art form from the masters. With your support, this program will enhance opportunities for young jazzers and help families foster an awareness and appreciation for jazz. The BYJB performs concerts throughout Whatcom County each year. Donations may be made directly to this band on this website.The Jazz Project's "Bellingham Youth Jazz Band" was created in 1997 by musician and educator, Mark Kelly, as a feeder program for the local high school jazz bands. The group is currently made up of twenty two 7th - 10th grade students from ten Whatcom County schools. The BYJB meets Wednesday nights at the Bellingham Senior Activities Center, where rehearsal space for the group is donated by Whatcom County Parks.
The BYJB performs about 40 free community concerts throughout Whatcom County in local parks, theaters, schools, nursing homes, fairs, dances, and jazz festivals.
The BYJB learns and recreates the classic American Jazz standards of the 1920's - 1970's using a standard 18 piece big band format. In addition, selected students make up several smaller combos to perform at concerts, and individuals are featured on solos and vocal arrangements.
The Jazz Project charges tuition (currently $135 per trimester) and seeks private and public grants and donations from the community. Fund raising activities by parents and students supplement the annual budget. The Jazz Project (a 501(c)3 non-profit), pays for music, equipment, director salary, scholarships, lessons, clinicians, and all other expenses. All contributions to The Jazz Project are tax-deductible. Contact Jud Sherwood for more information on how you can support the BYJB.
The BYJB plays regularly around Bellingham to a wide range of audiences. Mark Kelly was awarded the Mayor's Arts Award in 2000 and the San Juan Music Educator's 'Friend of Music' award in 2008 for his work with these young musicians, and his band continues to create community connections across several generations with their concerts and swing dances. If you would like the BYJB to play for your event, or know someone who would like to audition for the band, please contact Mark Kelly at 360.676.5750. Contact the Jazz Project for scholarship information and applications.
BYJB 2013-2014 band will begin rehearsals Wednesday, September 11 at 7PM @ Bellingham Senior Center, and preregistration is recommended before then, see below. Tuition is $135 for the fall, winter and spring sessions, or $45 can be saved by paying $360 for the full year (Sept.-June) up front. Contact Mark Kelly at 360.676.5750 for pre-registraion or Jud Sherwood at 360.650.1066 for more information about the Jazz Project. Informational fliers are in music stores and band/orchestra rooms throughout Whatcom County in early September for school-year band, and in mid-May for the summer band.
CURRENT BYJB 2013 REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
WED., SEPT. 11 First rehearsal of 2013-14 BYJB begins, 7pm @ Bellingham Senior Activities Center
SAT., OCT. 5, 10:30 am First CONCERT @ St. Francis Healthcare, private concert for residents, parents
WED., OCT 9, 7pm @ Lynden Music Festival opening ceremony
THURS., OCT.10, 5:30pm @ Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Law Advocates Benefit
SAT., OCT. 12, 6:30pm @ Leopold Ballroom, Valley Voices Concert; open to the pulic
SAT., OCT. 20, 3-5pm BYJB combos @ Jansen Art Center, Lynden; open to the public
SAT, NOV. 2, 10:30am @ Emeritus; private concert for residents, students
FRI., NOV. 8, 7pm @ Blaine Senior Center, open to the public (spaghetti/salad dinner 5:30 on) call 332-8040 for tickets, info.
FRI., NOV. 22, 7pm @ Orchard Park; private concert for residents, parents
FRI., DEC. 6, 7pm @ Leopold Festival of Trees , open to the public
SAT., DEC. 7, 7-10pm @ Unity Church Dark of December concert w/Bellingham H.S. jazz band; open to the public
SUN., DEC. 8, 11am- Noon @ Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Port Festival; open to the public
TUES., DEC. 10, 7pm @ Sudden Valley Dance Barn, appearing with Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderly Legacy Band, $20 General, $15 Students; benefit for BYJB
FRI., JAN 10, 2014, 5pm @ Silver Reef Convention Center, private event
FRI., JAN. 17, 2014; 6-8pm @ Bellingham Yacht Club, private event
SAT., FEB. 8, 10:30 am @ Emeritus Bellingham (Merrill Gardens); private concert for residents, parents
FRI., FEB 21, 7pm @ Spring Creek; private concert for residents and parents
THURS., MARCH 13, 7pm @ Nooksack Valley H.S. Concert, open to the public
FRI., MARCH 14, 7pm @ Squalicum High School, Swing Dance, open to the public (donations support SQHS jazz program)
FRI., MAY 2, 6-8pm @ Downtown Art Walk , then Jazz Festival @ Bellingham H.S. Auditorium; open to the public