July 26 -August 9, 2020 -Aspen, CO

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JAS has enhanced and grown the all-scholarship JAS Academy (founded in 1996), through a new collaboration between JAS and the prestigious Frost School of Music at The University of Miami. The 2020 JAS Academy will be under the direction of JAS Academy Artist Director Christian McBride, working in tandem with Frost Dean Shelly Berg and Program Director Chuck Bergeron. The Frost School of Music has become a nationally recognised program noted for its focus on producing successful musicians trained not just in performance but in the business of music in the 21st century.The JAS Academy is supported annually by a multi-year gift from Sasha & Ed Bass. Programming for all students will include a combination of:

1. Big Band (under the direction of Christian McBride)

2. Small Combo Format (under the direction of Frost School of Music Faculty including Chuck Bergeron & Grammy Award Winner Brian Lynch)

3. Select Frost School of Music curriculum, including topics essential to developing well-rounded musicians that have the tools to succeed in the music industry such as: Arranging, Recording, Touring, Agent Representation, Artist Management, Contracts, Website Development, and Digital Rights (under the direction of Rey Sanchez) Get to know our 2020 JAS Academy Students below and click here to learn more about their experience in this DownBeat 2019 article!

Andrew Torgelson
Benjamin Turner
Charlie Barber
Dave Mosko
Emma Hedrick
Gregory Niemi
Jonathan Bumpus
Janelle Finton
Jason Arkins
Kenton Luck
Leo Folsom
Michael Clement
Michael Ramos
Nicholas Roels
Omeed Nyman
Patrick Hill
Skyler Floe
Stephen Parisi Jr.
William Nathman