Consisting of small jazz ensembles for students with beginning, intermediate, or advanced skills, the CYJ Combos are where students develop jazz language, improvisation and listening skills in a fun environment.

During each semester, students are placed in a unique combo which composes and arranges original music, learns classic jazz tunes, takes on a band name and identity all to its own, and fosters musical growth and creativity.

The CYJ Combos meet for 10 weeks each semester from 2:00 – 3:30pm at the Jazz Academy (769 E. Long St. Columbus, OH 43203). No jazz experience is required for participation in the Columbus Youth Jazz Combos. However, students should have a minimum one year of fundamental experience on their instrument.

Meet Your CYJ Instrumental Lab Teaching Artists

Bryan Olsheski


After graduating in 1995 from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors in Jazz Performance, Bryan cut his teeth in the industry as a soloist and guest artist with performers around the world on the Princess and Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. He then relocated to London, England for three years. He started teaching and also began performing and recording in salsa, jazz and function bands hired out for weddings and other special events. Bryan formed his own band playing original music at many of the popular jazz clubs in London, including The 606 Jazz Club, the Jazz Café and the Bulls Head Barnes. He has shared the stage with some of the most famous names in jazz such as Joe Henderson, Kenny Garrett, Wes “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Conrad Herwig, Jack McDuff, Slide Hampton and George Benson. He has also been a featured soloist for the Temptations, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Steve Winwood, Vaughn Weister’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, Afro-Rican Jazz Ensemble, Kico Cowan and Expresion Cubana, The Four Tops and The Spinners.

Bryan has lived in Columbus for the last 13 years. During this time he has dedicated himself to composing and perfecting his craft. In March 2005 he recorded his first CD under his own name showcasing five original compositions. The CD features Bobby Floyd on the B3 Organ, Derek Dicenzo on guitar and Reggie Jackson on drums and was named the best jazz CD of 2005 by “The Other Paper.”

Bryan especially enjoys his career as a teacher at a private music studio in Hilliard and through the “Choices” program. He occasionally works with other education programs through the Jazz Arts Group. Bryan has been teaching beginners through professionals for close to eight years.

Josh Newburry


Josh Newburry is a 2022 graduate of the University of North Texas and a product of the esteemed Jazz U program at one of JAG’s peer organizations, Jazz St. Louis. In addition to being an in-demand bandleader and side musician, he demonstrates an excellent ability and passion for introducing jazz education concepts to students of all ability levels.

Terrance Farmer


Saxophonist Terrance Farmer is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He moved to Columbus to pursue his music studies at the Ohio State University, and has developed a wide-ranging career consisting of jazz, pop, instrumental, and vocal performance. He is currently a teaching artist for Jazz Arts Group’s in-school and Jazz Academy programming.

Jake Smith

Jake Smith is a saxophonist, educator and composer from Columbus, Ohio
His music is rooted in the tradition but with a modern approach
He performs and composes music that comes from a sincere place. His music is inspired by the masters of the jazz tradition but while always exploring new possibilities. His improvisations tell a story and have the ability to evoke a wide range of emotions to the audience.

Lorenzo Monk

Pianist Lorenzo Monk is a recent graduate of Oakwood University and a product of JAG’s Columbus Youth Jazz program. As a Jazz Academy faculty member, Lorenzo has connected with students of all ability levels and demonstrates a swinging, soulful piano voice to his students.