JAZZ @ El Camino College  



El Camino College Jazz Program offers the following opportunities:

  • Study with world-class and award-winning jazz faculty. Work weekly with staff jazz combo.
  • Perform in large jazz ensembles on professional stages on campus, jazz clubs and music festivals.
  • Courses are offered to meet the General Education and Associate of Arts Degree requirements. Transferable to 4-year colleges.

Jazz Faculty & Staff

>> See Fine Arts Division Faculty Directory for contact information

Alan Chan, Concert Jazz Band Director, Instructor / Amy Bormet, piano accompanist

Ann Patterson, saxophone / improvisation, Instructor / Anne Farnsworth, jazz vocal / Dean Koba, drums 

David Sills, Studio Jazz Band Director / Jamie Hovorka, trumpet / Jonathan Kleinhans, guitar

Larry Steen, bass / Mark Massey, piano / Matt Greif, guitar / Mike Rocha, trumpet

Nicolas Gonzales, bass accompanist / Phillip Menchaca, trombone / Steve Tyler, trombone


Fifth Annual Jazz Festival (May 5, 2018) Calling for High School Big Bands
(Deadline: December 15, 2017)

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• FALL 2017 

9/16 (SA) – Tumbledown House (jazz group) Residency:
     2:00 pm @ Marsee Auditorium Band Room – Master Class >> FREE
     8:00 pm @ Marsee Auditorium – Featured Concert >> Buy Tickets

10/15 (SU), 3:00 pm @ Marsee Auditorium – 1940s “Battle of the Big Bands” >> Buy Tickets 

11/11 (SA), 8:00 pm @ Marsee Auditorium – Anne Farnsworth Quartet, Marsee @ 8pm >> Buy Tickets

11/18 (SA), 11:00am @ Lighthouse Café (Hermosa Beach) – El Camino College Jazz Showcase 
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11/27 (M), 8:00pm @ Haag Recital Hall – ECC Studio Jazz Band >>Buy Tickets 

11/29 (W), 8:00pm @ Marsee Auditorium – ECC Concert Jazz Band >>Buy Tickets 
     ***Pre-Concert Talk @ 7:15 p.m. by Dr. Alan Chan: The work of Thelonius Monk and his influence on Jazz

• SPRING 2018

2/6 (TU), 10:30am Applied Jazz Auditions >> click for sign up information

2/12 (M), 7:00-10:00pm, Marsee Band Room – El Camino College Jazz Band Auditions >> Download Flyer

3/18 (SU), 2:00pm @ Marsee Auditorium – Wartime Radio Revue (1940’s Big Band)  >> Buy Tickets 

New West Guitar Quartet Residency:
     5/3 (TH), 11:15am-1:00pm @ Haag Recital Hall – Master Class >> FREE
     5/4 (F), 8:00pm @ Marsee Auditorium – Featured Concert >> Buy Tickets 

5/5 (SU) – Fifth Annual Jazz Festival: ¡Fiesta de Jazz!
     Jazz Clinics • High School Band Showcase • Evening Concert & More
     8:00 pm @ Marsee Auditorium – Festival Gala Concert >> Buy Tickets 

5/21 (M), 8:00pm @ Haag Recital Hall – ECC Studio Jazz Band >>Buy Tickets 

5/23 (W), 8:00pm @ Campus Theatre – ECC Concert Jazz Band  >>Buy Tickets

Large Jazz Ensembles


Big band jazz has been a long tradition in the Music Program at El Camino College. We have a collection of over 1,100 charts in our library from publication dated in the 1940s to the present day, and continues to grow. ECC currently has two jazz bands which rehearse weekly. Auditions are held on the first Monday of the Fall and Spring semesters. Older adult section is available (Music 567)

Concert Jazz Band (Music 267) is El Camino College’s flagship Jazz ensemble and meets on Wednesday evenings. It is a competitive large ensemble designed to prepare advanced music students for working in professional musical situations. Repertoire focuses on a variety of Big Band stylistic periods with a central focus on contemporary Jazz Big Band arrangements. This ensemble performs concerts on campus and at local jazz clubs, in addition to competing in festivals. Repertoire draws from resources such as: Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, Stan Kenton Band, Mingus Big Band, Big Phat Band, UNT One O’clock Jazz Band, Clayton-Hamilton Big Band, Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, and others.

Studio Jazz Band (Music 266) is El Camino College's preparatory Jazz ensemble and meets on Monday evenings. This ensemble focuses on introducing intermediate music students to the standard big band repertoire, section playing, ensemble blend, and developing stylistic jazz interpretation skills. Repertoire will draw from resources such as: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Fletcher Henderson, Sammy Nestico, and other composers of the Swing-era period.

>>Audition info [link: http://www.elcamino.edu/academics/finearts/music/ensembles/instrumental/#Jazz]

For inquires, contact Alan Chan (achan@elcamino.edu) or David Sills (dsills@elcamino.edu)

Jazz Courses

Commercial / Jazz Theory (Music 105)

Knowledge of tonal harmony used in commercial music and jazz. Students develop skills in ear training, writing transcriptions of recorded performances, composition and music manuscript preparation.


Survey of Jazz (Music 113)

Fulfills GE arts requirement. From the African predecessors of jazz to jazz masters of 20th and 21st Centuries, students will discover the styles, musicians, techniques and historical evolution of jazz.


Applied Music Jazz (Music 190/290)

Applied Music is a one unit course for the Music Major to further develop musical skills, obtain an  Associate of Arts Degree [link: http://www.elcamino.edu/academics/finearts/music/], and successfully transfer to a four-year institution for continued music study. The program includes private music lessons, weekly performance class, minimum practice hours on campus and large ensemble requirements.

>> Audition information [link: https://www.elcamino.edu/academics/finearts/music/appliedmusic/]


Beginning Jazz Improvisation (Music 130)

A study of basic techniques of jazz improvisation, including scales, chords, patterns, and “licks” used by musicians to create improvisations on tonal, modal, and blues-based songs.



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