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Approximately 11-13 students are accepted per instrument.
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.)
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.
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.
Trumpet or Cornet, Clarinet, all Saxophones, Piano, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Bass, Tuba, Drums, and Vocalists are all accepted.
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.)
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.
No. We have plenty of music stands.
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.
No, there are pianos or keyboards in each classroom.
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.
While tubas/sousaphones are provided, we ask players to bring their own mouthpieces.
Vocalists are encouraged to bring a recording device to record rehearsal material (most smart phones have recording capabilities and should work fine).
Tuition for 2019 is $2100 if paid by December 31, 2018, $2200 if paid on or after January 1, 2019.
No. We require a $100 non-refundable deposit when you register. The balance is due within 30 days of when your application is approved.
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).
We accept the following forms of payment:
- All major credit cards (processed through PayPal)*
- Personal check
* - you do not have to have a PayPal account to pay by credit card.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.