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. 

This year, education will cover three 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 - 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, on the Main Street stage.

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

Sessions: Tuesday, June 20, through Thursday, June 22 - all days begin with lunch at 12:30 p.m., with education running from 1 to 5:30 p.m. 

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

Cost: $20 per student, covering the cost of a T-shirt and lunches. Pay by check in advance by contacting workshop organizer Van Young (via email or phone at 574.529.1455) or 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): Randy Reinhart (trumpet), Terry Myers (reeds), John 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).