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JAZZ at 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 at ECC, in Los Angeles-area jazz clubs, and at music and jazz festivals.
  • Access to Guest Artist workshops with world-renouned artists 
  • 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

Dr. David Moyer, Director of Jazz Studies, saxophone and Concert Jazz Band Director / Ann Patterson, saxophone / Cindy Dicken, Vocal Jazz Ensemble Director / Dean Koba, drums / Drew Ninmer, trumpet / David Sills, saxophone & Studio Jazz Band Director / Jonathan Kleinhans, guitar / Larry Steen, bass / Matt Greif, guitar / Nicolas Gonzales, bass accompanist / Brian Clemens, piano accompanist / Steve Tyler, trombone 




Fall 2020


Large Jazz Ensembles



Big Band Jazz has been a long tradition in the Music Program at El Camino College. We have a growing collection of over 1,100 charts in our library from publication dated in the 1940s to the present day. ECC currently has two jazz bands that 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 a large ensemble designed to prepare advanced music students for working in professional musical situations. The ensemble’s central focus is on linking the swinging tradition of the great composers with modern musical styles including hip-hop and rock. The Concert Jazz Band performs concerts on campus and at local jazz clubs, and festivals, and develops students' remote recording skills and online content. Repertoire draws from resources such as: Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, Oliver Nelson, Quincy Jones, Mingus Big Band, Clayton-Hamilton Big Band, John Beasley’s MONKestra, and original compositions and arrangements. Concert Jazz Band meets on Wednesday evenings.  

Studio Jazz Band (Music 266) This hard swinging ensemble focuses on exploring the standard big band repertoire, section playing, ensemble blend, and developing stylistic jazz interpretation skills. The Studio Jazz Band performs concerts on campus and at local jazz clubs, in addition to competing in festivals. Repertoire draws from resources such as: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Fletcher Henderson, Sammy Nestico, Oliver Nelson, and other great composers of the Big Band tradition. 

>>Audition info 
>>Audition Information Form (PDF)

For inquires, contact Dr. David Moyer (dmoyer@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 info 
>>Applied Jazz Promo Video 

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.