Professional players teaching jazz
to our next generation.

Students with musical abilities and an interest in jazz are welcome at "Hoagy's Workshop," an educational component of the Elkhart Jazz Festival. 

Workshop instructors will cover two afternoons at Elkhart Central High School. Students will be welcomed to the stage to perform with the pros at the free EJF All-Stars Jam during the festival's opening ceremony - the first Main Street Stage session, June 23, 2017.

The goals for students attending will be the development of solo and ensemble skills in a fun environment. Education will emphasize improvisation.

Sessions: Wednesday, June 21 through Thursday, June 22 - All days begin with lunch from 12:15 to 12:55. Classes begin at 1:00 p.m. and will run with two short breaks until as late as 5:30. 

Location: Elkhart Central High School, 1 Blazer Blvd., Elkhart.

Cost: $20 per student. Pay by check in advance by mailing to Elkhart Festivals Inc., Attn: Hoagy's Workshop, 410 S. Main St., Elkhart, IN 46516.

Sponsors: Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Conn-Selmer, Ludwig, Kem Krest, Elkhart Municipal Band Foundation, and Elkhart Community Schools, along with media partner The Globe 91.1 WGCS-FM. 


The 2017 EJF All Stars (professionals providing instruction at Hoagy's Workshop): Rob Parton (trumpet), Terry Myers (reeds), Bill Allred (trombone), Terry Lower (piano), Howard Alden (guitar), Eddie Metz Jr. (drums), Edye Evans-Hyde (vocals), and Frank Tate (bass).

Also assisting during the workshop will be Bob Lichty and Rocky Giglio (reeds), Tedd Wagoner (trumpet) and Jim Catalano (percussion).