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  • How many students are accepted?

    Approximately 11-13 students are accepted per instrument.

  • What is the minimum age for students?

    There is no minimum age, but students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and provide a letter of recommendation. (Please have a parent or guardian contact us with your exact situation if you are under 18.)

  • What level of musical experience is required to attend camp?

    You should have a basic proficiency with your instrument, an understanding of chord structure, and a basic ability to read sheet music to fully enjoy Jazz Camp.

    We do not encourage beginners who are just learning their instrument to register.

  • How proficient do I need to be with traditional jazz?

    You should have a basic proficiency with your instrument, an understanding of chord structure, and a basic ability to read sheet music, but you don't have to be proficient in traditional jazz to get the most out of camp.

  • What instruments are accepted?

    Trumpet or Cornet, Clarinet, all Saxophones, Piano, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Bass, Tuba, Drums, and Vocalists are all accepted.

  • What instruments do you provide?

    We supply Pianos, Acoustic Basses, Tubas, and Drum sets. Drummers need to bring cymbals, sticks, brushes, and a clutch. (Clutches may be obtained at camp with a deposit.) Also, bring any special percussion extras with which you may want to work (cowbells, wood blocks, etc.)

  • Is instrument repair available?

    In the case of an emergency we can put you in touch with someone who will be able to repair your instrument.

    Instruments should be in good working order before you leave for camp, however.

  • Should I bring a music stand?

    No. We have plenty of music stands.

  • Do I need to bring music?

    Once your tuition is paid in full you will receive links for the music we will be using for the camp. Please print out the music from those links and bring it with you.

  • Do guitarists and bassists need to bring amps?


  • I'm a pianist. Do I need to bring a keyboard?

    No, there are pianos or keyboards in each classroom.

  • What do drummers need to bring with to camp?

    Drummers need to bring their own cymbals, brushes, sticks, drum strap (for marching), and clutch. If you prefer, camp can provide a Clutch for a $25 deposit. (The deposit will be refunded when you return the Clutch at the end of camp.) Also bring your splash cymbals, cowbells, wood blocks or anything else you might want to add to your drum set.

  • What do tuba/sousaphone players need to bring with to camp?

    While tubas/sousaphones are provided, we ask players to bring their own mouthpieces.

  • What do vocalists need to bring with to camp?

    Vocalists are encouraged to bring a recording device to record rehearsal material (most smart phones have recording capabilities and should work fine).

  • How much is tuition?

    Tuition for 2019 is $2100 if paid by December 31, 2018, $2200 if paid on or after January 1, 2019.

  • Does the entire tuition have to be paid at registration?

    No. We require a $100 non-refundable deposit when you register. The balance is due within 30 days of when your application is approved.

  • What is included in the tuition?

    Tuition includes :

    - 6 nights at the Bourbon Orleans hotel (Sunday - Friday)
    - Breakfast and lunch (Monday - Friday)
    - Ensembles, Sectionals, and a Private Lesson
    - Evening jam sessions at the hotel
    - Sit-ins at local jazz clubs
    - Playing at Preservation Hall
    - Marching and playing in a second line parade through the French Quarter
    - Performing in a final concert in the Ballroom at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel

    Students can also opt to stay an additional day and participate in a continuous jam session at a local venue. (A limited amount of housing for extra nights are available at $185 per night on a first come, first serve basis).

  • What methods of payment do you accept?

    We accept the following forms of payment:

    - PayPal
    - All major credit cards (processed through PayPal)*
    - Personal check

    * - you do not have to have a PayPal account to pay by credit card.

  • I prefer to pay by check. Where do I send it?

    Please make our your check to New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp and send it to:

    New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp
    Post Office Box 15851
    New Orleans, LA 70175

    Please indicate on the memo line of your check the payment is for tuition.

  • What is your cancellation policy?

    Because there are a limited number of seats available for each instrument, and due to the planning involved, we are unable to provide a full refund of your tuition should you need to cancel. Below are our cancellation fees:

    - before January 1: $100
    - before March 1: $500
    - before May 1: $1000
    - after May 1: $1300

  • What happens if I have a medical emergency and am unable to attend camp?

    Special consideration for cancellation due to medical emergencies will be handled on an individual basis. Please contact the camp to inform us of your situation.

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    How can I contribute to the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp Scholarship program?

    The New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp welcomes any contributions to our scholarship program. See our Scholarships page for more information.

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    How can I become a sponsor or supporter of the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp?

    We'd love to list your company or individual name in our list of supporters. Please see our Donations page for more information. A list of current supporters can be found here.

  • How do I reserve a hotel room?

    Your tuition includes a hotel room. All you need to do is fill out the room requirements section on the registration form. We will make your reservation once payment is received. All hotel reservations MUST go through the camp.

  • Do I get a single room, or will I have to share with someone else?

    Rooms are NOT shared with other campers unless you specifically request to share a room with another incoming camper. You will get a slight tuition reduction if you share a room. If you would like more information, please contact us.

  • Is there an additional room charge if I bring my signifiant other or a friend with me?

    There is no additional charge for a significant other or friend sharing the same room. There is a $30 per person, per night charge for more than two people in a room, however.

  • What is the cost of staying extra days?

    The discounted camper rate for extra days is $185 per night. Extra days at the discounted rate are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

  • How do I arrange to stay extra days?

    A limited number of discounted rooms are available for $185 per night. These are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Just let us know if you want to come a day or two early or stay a day or two later and we will make the arrangements and invoice you for the additional amount due.

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    Can someone join me for breakfast and/or lunch during camp?

    Yes, there is an additional cost per person of $24 for breakfast and $33 for lunch. You can add either breakfast or lunch or both. The total cost of additional meals for the week (both breakfast and lunch) is $285 per person. Advance notice to add meals is required before camp begins.

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    I have special dietary needs. Can those be accommodated?

    We will make every effort to accommodate those with special dietary needs. Please contact us no later than 30 days before the beginning of camp with your requirements.

  • How do I get from the airport to the Bourbon Orleans Hotel?

    For those traveling by plane, Airport Shuttle New Orleans is the official transportation provider to and from Louis Armstrong International Airport and downtown hotels. Shuttles depart every 15 minutes until the last flight of the day. There is a limit of 3 pieces of luggage per person. You can purchase tickets at the desk across from the baggage carousels at ground level.

    As of August 2018, fares were $24 one way from the airport ($44 round trip). Please check their web site to confirm fare prices, however. Call 522-3500 no later than 24 hours before your flight to arrange airport transportation.

  • What's the parking situation?

    If you are traveling by car, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel offers campers parking at a discounted rate of $30 per day (plus tax), charged to your room. There are also many parking lots around the French Quarter within walking or pedicab distance of the hotel.

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