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Jazz Labs Dayton is a summer jazz education program started by Hal Melia over 25 years ago. This week-long summer day camp has provided students with musical essentials and life skills they can use to become the best musicians and the best people they can be.


Now partnering with the University of Dayton, all Jazz Labs events are held on the UD campus. Performances are family friendly and open to the public. There are several opportunities during the week for people to come and witness world class jazz performed by our Teaching Artists and Guest Artists, along with developing student musicians.


Jazz Labs Dayton offers everyone who participates practical training on instruments and theoretical training in music. Students are given opportunities to learn teamwork, leadership, self-expression, self-discovery, and other skills in an atmosphere of caring and sharing. They gain experience in stage performance of music from traditional jazz to contemporary sounds and are encouraged to write and arrange for their ensembles.


Each year the camp features a Guest Artist, giving these young musicians access to internationally renowned figures in the jazz world. Students are encouraged to take their newfound knowledge and experience back to their respective school jazz programs, thereby strengthening and nurturing this American art form on a regional and now national basis.


Let’s Do Jazz!