Student Letter

The student letter and audition times for 2018 are here!

Click here for the Student letter.

Click here for the list of audition times.

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2018 Registration is Open

Registration for the 2018 Workshop is open!

2018 fees are $690, which covers a full week’s worth of master classes, music theory, jam sessions, combos, lunch and snacks each day.

As of June 5, we are full on drums, trumpet and alto sax. To be placed on the waiting list, contact Julie Athayde at:

Notice: $200 NON-REFUNDABLE registration fee included with tuition. No refunds available after May 1st.

To register, click here to go to our new registration page, hosted by Brown Paper Tickets. Be sure to select the quantity “1” to get started.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, download a printable application here.

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2018 Dates

The dates for the 2018 Workshop are July 22-27. Registration starts after the new year, so remember sign up early and save money! The Workshop will be at Acalanes High School again this year, which proved to be a great venue last year. See you there!

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Friday Concert Audio!

Thanks to the efforts of Mark Seymour, we have the 2017 Friday Concert audio files for every combo! Listen here. Thanks, Mark!

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Final Concert

This year’s workshop at Acalanes High School was a huge success: great students and faculty, great music, great food, and lots of new friendships.

Friday night’s performances were the highlight of the week. Students were able to experience performing on the stage of the beautiful Performing Arts Center, and the combos were outstanding, from start to finish. At the end of the show we all heard the instructors play together on Donna Lee, and each teacher’s turn to solo was fantastic. It’s not possible to pick favorites from such an incredible group, but seeing Doyle Cooper walk out and shred on Sousaphone was unforgettable.

Thanks to Mr. Wandesforde and Mr. Kapoor for setting up all the equipment and keeping the show running so smoothly, and to all the volunteers who do such an amazing job every year. Without you there would be no Workshop!

Head over to the LSMJW Facebook page to see all the huge number of wonderful photos taken throughout the Workshop by Kerwin Lee, Mary Jean Odmark, Janis Marie and many others. In addition to playing in a combo and taking photos and videos, Mr. Lee keeps everyone informed during the week by keeping the Facebook flow going. We all depend on him!

Here are some photos taken by James Jordan of yesterday’s after-lunch big band, playing the music of Kyle Athayde. Pianist Joel Wenhardt perfectly expressed the “Dance Party” vibe.

Thanks to everyone for their help and cooperation this week! We need volunteers on Saturday to help break down and return all the borrowed equipment. Please give some time to achieve this goal and clean up Acalanes for the coming school year. Your help would be appreciated. We start at 8:30 AM on Saturday morning.

Mr. Athayde has promised Johnny’s Donuts for the first 48 people to arrive. Thanks!

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Friday Performance Schedule is Up!

The Friday performance schedule is set, and is online!

Click here for the performance schedule with the full list of combos and players.

Last night we had a great turnout at the jam session at Bonehead’s! Thanks to everyone who participated, and to Judy Haxo for setting it up! Check out the photos on Facebook.

Tonight, we had a full house at Lamorinda Music for Sullivan Fortner and Kyle Athayde. Incredible music! Click here for more photos from photographer James Jordan, trombonist and friend of the Workshop.

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Tomorrow morning, join in at the 8AM Jam Session.

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Monday and Tuesday!

Monday, the first day of the Workshop, was very smooth. The combos are set and everyone is settling in to our new location at Acalanes. We had our first morning Jam Session Tuesday morning at 8:00, led by Rick Condit, and it was fantastic. Don’t hesitate to jump onstage with your instrument and join in!

Tuesday night’s concert at Lamorinda Music’s Big Room was fantastic. The Ferber Brothers, Sullivan Fortner, Ellie Athayde, John Daversa and Matt Zebley…a great set of standards and original tunes.


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