A place for talented younger musicians to learn Pop, Rock, Latin, Jazz, Funk and Film Score Music. Soloing will be introduced with volunteer soloists.
A Middle School/Early High School Band. Focuses on learning to play within the various roles of a Jazz ensemble, establishing a solid rhythmic foundation & introduction to Jazz soloing. A positive & engaging environment.
A place for rhythm section members to learn to comp together / behind a soloist, expand knowledge of voicings, interpret chord changes, stretch rhythmic skills, study song form & soloing.
A high school group plus advanced middle school musicians. Focus on Jazz styles including Count Basie etc. Beginning or experienced soloists will be challenged a their own pace.
Top high school level ensemble focus on modern harmony, improvisation & technical skills. (Alumni/College Students/Adults welcome)
Beyond just musicians, PYJO alumni have branched out to many fields in music: College music professors, ethnomusicologists, radio hosts, band directors, private music instructors, touring musicians, L.A. studio musicians, composers, arrangers, booking agents, software developers, bandleaders, studio engineers & more. Not to mention the doctors, rocket scientists & others who still play music to relax!