Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra Winter Session Gala
Mar 11, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6:30
$10 General Admission
The PYJO puts on a concert for the Winter session.
PYJO brings young musicians together to rehearse, study, and perform the American art form of Jazz. Students from Portland and the surrounding areas (as far as North Salem, Battleground, WA, Forest Grove, & East of Gresham) meet once a week in Downtown Tigard at the M.U.S.E. Performance Center. Easy access to Trimet at the Tigard Transit center. WES service.
There are 5 PYJO bands of different levels and age groups. During the school year, sessions are 8-11 weeks long. In the summer, week-long sessions are offered. Each band performs at least one concert per session in a public setting. All students are encouraged to play at least one solo, most perform improvised solos.
Band members are responsible for preparing /practicing their music and their solos, they should seek out recordings of the music we are working on and spend time listening to it. They are also responsible for making it to the gig on time and communicating with the directors when conflicts arise with rehearsals or performances.
PYJO challenges up-and-coming musicians. Fast-paced rehearsals are packed with improvisation methods, music theory, exercises in all keys, rhythmic training, improving sightreading, listening, composition, and preparation of songs & solos for upcoming performances. Students are expected to practice outside of class and are given tools to make practice more fun and effective.
Teacher education is a high priority for us. Clinics are available to local schools and student leaders are given opportunities to lead sectionals and work with younger students. Exceptional students who display traits of future educators are encouraged to become student directors in younger bands.
PYJO is fun! Rehearsals move fast and boggle the brain; but are always full of laughs. The Medlers have a great connection with their students. Getting results with positive energy.
PYJO thinks LOCAL. Concerts are performed mainly in Portland area venues and music festivals. Occasionally performances are held in other Northwest cities, but are planned well in advance. A world class Jazz education is available right here in Portland, OR! PYJO believes the ‘language of Jazz’ can be passed down to young musicians through strong classroom education and through local performances embellished with guest artists, guest bands, or clinicians.
PYJO has worked with Artists: Bobby Shew – Lead Trumpet extraordinaire (Buddy Rich, Bob Florence Bands etc), Scott Whitfield – trombonist/arranger, Terrell Stafford – Trumpet/educator with Essentially Ellington Program, Derrick Tabb-Snare Drum Rebirth Brass Band, Carl Sauders-trumpet, Jeff Cumpston -late director of West Linn HS, Charley Gray – PSU Jazz Studies, Susie Jones – Mt Hood Community College Jazz Program, Rich Cooper – Lead trumpet specialist, Tall Jazz, Dave Mills – arranger / trumpet / Jazz Studies at Clackamas Community College, Brian Ward – piano and Jazz Studies at PSU, Bryant Allard -director of MUSE and many of Portland’s finest Jazz musicians.
PYJO GIVES Back Student teacher program – School Outreach programs – Performance Experiences raise money for scholarship programs. Students are encouraged to teach, share, and pass on what they have learned to younger musicians in our program or in their communities. Experienced players are often asked to perform in small groups for gigs around the city:
Portland Jazz Festival events, private parties, corporate events, school fundraisers, community events etc. more >>>