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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.

PYJO 2 Combo

Rhythm Section: Piano - Guitar - Mallets - Bass - Drums

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.

PYJO 1 Combo

A high school level combo focused on Bebop & Pre-Bop Swing.(all instruments welcome)


Top high school level ensemble focus on modern harmony, improvisation & technical skills. (Alumni/College Students/Adults welcome)

PYJO Vanguard Band
PYJO's Premier Ensemble

A semi-professional band that performs often & works with world-class clinicians. A mix of PYJO Alumni / College & Adult Musicians / Select Advanced High School Students

Summer Classes

Workshops & Classes for All Levels

Middle School - High School - College - Young Professional

PYJO Alumni are around the world spreading music!

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!

Listen to PYJO!

Links to Videos & mp3 of PYJO bands, summer bands, combos etc.

The Burlingame Space - Home of PYJO

Rehearsals, Lessons, Recitals & Meeting Space. Rental Available!

PYJO Performances

Click here for current concert info.

Private Lessons

All Levels - Beginners to Professionals!

Ben & Michelle Medler

Founded The Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra in 2001.