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Monday May 25th, 2020  

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the MBA Board and Summer Band Camp Coordinators have made the difficult decision to cancel the MBA Summer Band Camps and the Summer Jazz Camp this year. It is disappointing that the MBA is not able to offer these experiences to students, but the health and safety of our campers, volunteers, and camp staff must remain the MBA's highest priority. Thank you for you patience and understanding as we made this difficult decision.

The MBA would to thank our Camp Coordinators, instructors, and volunteers for the commitment and passion they bring to our camps. We know that band camp is the highlight of the year for many students, and we hope that we are able to provide these amazing experiences again next summer.

The MBA will continue to provide online content for students and teachers over the summer, so please check the MBA e-news, as well as the Online Resources and Key Updates sections of the MBA website regularly for new information.

Artistic Director

 August 16-21, 2020

Summer Jazz Camp (established 1994) The University of Manitoba (U of M) Jazz Camp is an exceptional jazz experience for instrumentalists & jazz vocalists of all ages.  This camp is a Jazz Performance based experience, designed to help all participants to reach for the next level of their Jazz playing skills.  

Combos • Master Classes • Concerts • Performances • Listening • Improvising • Technique • Arranging • Fundamentals • Theory • Jam Sessions

An exceptional musical experience for Jazz Musicians of all ages interested in enhancing their

jazz performance skills in a supportive, interactive and fun environment. 

2019 Camp Poster!

2020 Summer Jazz Camp - Registration is open now for August 2020 until the first day of camp! 

Aspiring Jazz Musicians of all ages.  Participants may register on Voice, Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Flute, Clarinet,

Bass Clarinet, Alto, Tenor or Baritone Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, & Tuba.


When & Where   (Sessions run approximately 9:00 am - 4:00 pm)

  •   Sunday August 16 will be approximately Noon - 5pm, Monday to Friday will be 9:00 - 4:00.

  •   Concerts and Recitals TBA

  •   Winnipeg - University of Manitoba, Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music - Tache Buildings

  •   136 Dafoe Road West, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2    MAP



What will I do?

  • You will rehearse in a jazz ensemble of 7-10 players.

  • You will take part in jazz improv classes targeted to your own comfort level from novice to advanced.

  • You will attend master classes where you will listen to world class jazz artists explain and demonstrate the magnificence of jazz.

  • You will take part in instrument classes where you will dig into the specifics of your instrument.

  • You will attend the spectacular Thursday evening concert featuring our guest artist and the U of M Jazz Faculty. (family & friends may attend as space allows).

  • You will perform with your ensemble on our Friday evening concert.

What will I learn?

  • You will explore the nature of jazz and develop the skills needed to play jazz with more confidence and understanding.

  • You will discover that improvising is something everyone can do if they are given the right tools.

  •  You will experience the joy of playing in a small jazz ensemble where everyone has an important role to play, and everyone must contribute to a creative and healthy learning environment.

  • You will be exposed to the skills you need to pursue jazz at the university level.


Who will my teachers be?

Our teaching faculty includes world class jazz artists and experienced educators, with a track record of excellence working with students and creating a healthy learning environment. The student/staff ratio is approximately 8:1. 

List of 2019 Camp Faculty:


Camp Coordinator:  Jeni Taylor  (204) 612-8518 
Band Association:  John Balsillie  (204) 663-1226         


Registration for MBA Summer Jazz Camp!

Fee (subject to change)         
   $390 if payment is received by May 31
   $415 if payment is received after May 31
   Full refund less $35 until May 31
   Full refund less $75 from May 31-28      
   Non-refundable after June 28


The Manitoba Band Association is pleased to offer participants a $50 discount who register for both a Prairie Percussion Workshop or a Summer Band Camp, and the Summer Jazz Camp.  Please contact the MBA office to make the needed arrangements to take advantage of this offer.

Registration Form Online Click Herethen pay by credit card or Paypal, or cheque. 

  All participants are asked to complete the on-line registration form.

  There are no paper form options for camp applications this year.


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