Jazz Studies Program
The Marin School of the Arts Jazz program includes classes in both big band and combo arrangements under the direction of Dr. Greg Johnson. Bands include saxophones, trumpets, trombones, drums, bass, guitar and piano. Students are exposed to a wide variety of jazz covering swing, bebop, Latin, blues, ballad, fusion, as well as popular music.
Students will progress in the program based on skill level and will play music that is appropriate for an advanced high school or intermediate college band. Those in the Jazz Combo program are encouraged to compose original music; faculty direction and feedback is a major part of the writing process for students working on original composition. Instruction comes from seasoned teachers, top professionals in the music field, and peer mentoring.