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Jazz Labs Dayton Summer Camp

Jazz Labs Dayton is a summer jazz education program started by Hal Melia over 25 years ago. This week-long summer day camp has provided students with musical essentials and life skills they can use to become the best musicians and the best people they can be. Now partnering with the University of Dayton, all Jazz Labs events are held on the UD campus. Performances are family friendly and open to the public. 

Jazz Labs Dayton offers everyone who participates practical training on instruments and theoretical training in music. Students are given opportunities to learn teamwork, leadership, self-expression, self-discovery and other skills in an atmosphere of caring and sharing. They gain experience in stage performance of music from traditional jazz to contemporary sounds and are encouraged to write and arrange for their ensembles.

Each year the camp features a Guest Artist, giving these young musicians access to internationally renowned figures in the jazz world. 

Meliaan assistant professor of Music and director of Jazz Studies at Central State University, will serve as a member of the camp's faculty.

Location: University of Dayton

For more information, please contact James Leslie

Registration information

  • $350 (without lunch)
  • $250 half day (this option is only available to students attending summer school)

  • Instruction from professional jazz artists and educators
  • Master classes and jazz appreciation
  • Teaching artists concerts
  • Guest artist concert
  • Jam sessions
  • Student big band concert
  • Student combo concert
  • Camp t-shirt
  • Lunch each day, Monday through Friday

Jazz Labs Dayton Summer Camp Faculty

Adjunct Faculty, Arranging, Jazz Bass, and Modern Guitar

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Adjunct Faculty, Jazz Piano

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Artist-in-Residence, Percussion; Percussion Area Coordinator, Jazz Area Coordinator

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Associate Professor of Saxophone; Jazz Studies Concentration Coordinator

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