South Delta Jazz Workshop instructions

Greetings Jazz Workshop Participants,

This is important information. Please read all of it!

I hope you are all looking forward to the South Delta Jazz Workshop as much as we are! We have a great week of music, learning, and fun planned for everyone.

The workshop begins Tuesday, July 7 at 9:30 am. We will meet at Ladner Community Centre. 4734 – 51st St. in Ladner.

  • Please do not be late as we will have a lot to do on the first day!
  • If you have a drum set or other gear to unload, please come a little earlier
  • Parents, please plan to stick around for the first 30 minutes or so.

As usual we have a wide range of students from beginner level high school players through to very advanced semi-pro players. Students will be assigned ensembles to work with on the first day. Placement may change as we get to know your abilities, needs, and personalities. Our full-time faculty members will rotate among the groups on a daily basis. We expect a high level of courtesy and respect among all participants in the Workshop. We have never had any behaviour problems in the past and we hope to keep it that way again this year.

Please bring everything you will need for making music: extra reeds, valve oil, patch cables, picks, strings, staff paper, pencils and eraser. Drummers, bass players, and guitarists are requested to bring their own amplifiers and drum kits. This equipment can be left at the workshop for the duration. If you don’t have an amplifier or drum kit please contact us immediately so we can help arrange to get one for you. We will have music stands available. Make sure all of your gear is labelled clearly so it doesn’t get lost.

All students should bring a lunch and a snack or two. There is very limited time for students to purchase a lunch from the mall as lunch time is also concert time with our guest artists and faculty and all students are required to attend the these concerts. Food is important for an event of this kind. We strongly suggest that you bring something healthy that will provide you with the energy you will need for a very full day of music making.

Daily Schedule of Events:

9:30 – 10:20 Aural Skills

10:20 -10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:30 Improvisation Class/Ensemble Rehearsals

11:30 – 12:00 Lunch and noon concert set-up time

12:00 – 1:15 Noon Concert (you can keep eating while you listen!)

1:15 – 2:45 Ensemble rehearsal and/or masterclasses with guest artists

2:45 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 4:30 Ensemble rehearsal 2

Jam Session at Petra’s Arts Kafe

Thursday July 9 from 7-9pm is our workshop jam session. This is open to workshop participants and to anyone in the community who plays jazz. This is a really fun part of the workshop. If you don’t know what a jam session is or how it works, DON”T WORRY the workshop will prepare you for it!

Final Concert Information

Saturday (July 11) schedule will be a little different as the student concert will take place from 12-3pm at the Delta Hospital Grounds. Our final performance will be part of the Delta Hospital Foundation Summer Gala. Parents, spouses, and friends are all welcome to this concert or any of the noon hour shows. Admission to noon shows and final student concert is free. Rehearsals on Saturday will run at the Community Centre as usual from 9:30-11 and then we will be heading over to the hospital grounds for our final performance. We will need help transporting students between the Community Centre and Delta Hospital, so if you can help us drive on that day please let us know.

Please note that there are evening concerts on July 10 and 11.

Students receive free admission to these events and are expected to attend these concerts as part of the learning process. The evening concerts are an important and required part of the program for workshop participants. We could use some help selling tickets to these concerts. We can give you one free ticket for every three that you sell. Tickets are only $10. Check our website for show details.

If you have received scholarship funding to attend the camp you will be notified before the start of the workshop. You will be asked to write a letter thanking our various sponsors. We will provide the mailing address and other information for this letter.


We’ll be taking photographs of workshop activities throughout the week. The photos will help us promote the workshop in coming years and help us get funding from sponsors and government organizations. If you do not want pictures of yourself or your child used in this way, please let us know. If you take some photos yourself, we’d love to have digital copies for our website or facebook page

Please contact us if you have any questions.

We look forward to working with all of you!

Best regards,

Jared Burrows and Stephen Robb

Directors, South Delta Jazz Workshop

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