most advanced
PYJO Vanguard - Mondays 6:45-8:45pm

Formerly know as PYJO 1a, this semi-professional band is filled with top high school students, college students, college grads & PYJO alumni.

PYJO 1 - Mondays 4:30-6:15pm

Formerly known as PYJO 1b, this advanced high school - early college level group focuses on improvisation, modern harmony & technical skills.

PYJO 2 - Tuesdays 6:45-8:45pm

Formerly PYJO 2a, this high-school - advanced middle school level band plays classic big band tunes, learns about improvisation & theory.


PYJO Rhythm Band Tuesdays 6:45-8:45pm

A place for rhythm section players to study the art of comping, keeping song forms, voicing chords, soloing, learning the roles of other members of the band, interacting & communicating with each other.

PYJO 3 - Tuesdays 4:30-6:15pm

Formerly PYJO 2b. This advanced middle school band plays Jazz standards and fun big band tunes. They work on basic improvisation skills and often use planned out solos that highlight Jazz vocabulary.

PYJO Pops! - Wednesdays 7-8:30pm

A place for talented younger musicians to learnPopular Rock, Latin, Jazz, Funk and Film Score Music. An introduction to how to take solos with volunteer soloists.

Advanced Groups
High School & Beyond

Vanguard Band - Mondays 6:45-8:45pm - Most Advanced

PYJO 1 - Mondays 4:30-6:15pm - Advanced

PYJO 2 - Tuesdays 6:45-8:45pm - Intermediate-Advanced

Rhythm Band - Tuesdays 6:45-8:45pm - Intermediate-Advanced

Combo Series - See Schedule - Advanced

Beginning-Intermediate Groups
Middle School Early High School (or Younger)

PYJO 2 - Tuesdays 6:45-8:45pm - Intermediate-Advanced

PYJO 3 - Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:15pm - Intermediate

PYJO Pops! - Wednesdays 7-8:30pm - Beginning-Intermediate

Rhythm Band - Tuesdays 6:45-8:45pm - Intermediate-Advanced

Which Band Do I Sign Up For?

Placement in upper level bands is determined by the directors. Look at the descriptions to determine your approximate level. Then either email or fill out the Inquire form to reach the directors. They will let you know about openings for your instrument and ask you any needed questions to determine your placement. If you are borderline between bands, an audition may be needed. We do have 'formal' audition materials, but often can place students with a discussion with a private teacher/band director or having them video record a Jazz piece they already have worked up. (NO AUDITION needed for PYJO 3 or PYJO Pops! Just sign up & get started!)

Private Lessons

Private Lessons are available on Saxophones, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone, Tuba, Voice, Piano, Guitar, Bass (upright & electric), Drums. Also on any instrument wishing to study improvisation, composition or music theory. Contact us to connect with a teacher!