The Columbus Youth Jazz Ensemble (CYJE) is a large jazz ensemble experience for students in middle through high school. Led by saxophonist Matt James (Ohio University), The CYJE provides students the opportunity to explore their individual skills within a supportive and relaxed ensemble environment, with a concentration on exploring jazz styles, standard repertoire and beginning improvisation. The bands bring together students from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels to create a fun and motivating big band experience. The CYJE is open to saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar and drums.
The CYJE rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Jazz Academy, 769 East Long Street in the Lincoln Theatre complex, and performs two to three concerts each year. Small group opportunities are available as requested.