This season we are proud to announce the Lab Band Program is now a joint initiative between the Conservatory at Mount Royal University Conservatory and JazzYYC. Established in 2013 this award winning ensemble is comprised of local youth aged 14 to 20. The JazzYYC Youth Lab builds on the strength of the Calgary music and educational community through expert instruction and participation in an advanced jazz ensemble and combos. Led by Director Jay Michalak, veteran guest musicians work with the band to expand their musical horizons. With a focus on ensemble skills, improvisation, medium/ advanced repertoire and musicianship, the JazzYYC Youth Lab Band benefits students with a desire to enrich their musical experience. Come out and meet our team and learn more about the program.

Open house

Thursday, Sept 21st
7 pm – 9 pm
Nickle Theatre at Mount Royal University 
(West Gate Entrance – Mainfloor: 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW)


Scheduled in-person on Sept 23th from 9am – 1pm and Sept. 25th from 6 – 9pm. You can choose your slot in the audition form. 

Apply now

Wind players should prepare a transcription, song or jazz etude in any jazz style. Rhythm section players should prepare a jazz standard in any jazz style. They should demonstrate the ability to play an appropriate accompaniment in the correct style of the chosen tune (i.e. walking bass line or comping).

Drummers should be prepared to demonstrate the following styles; up tempo swing, medium swing, 3/4 swing, shuffle, funk, bossa nova, samba and afro-cuban 6/8. Additionally, drummers should demonstrate playing with brushes in different styles and be able to perform basic rudiments (which can be found on the Percussive Arts Society website)

The audition process will also include sight-reading, scales (major, minor, chromatic), and improvisation. Applicants must be enrolled in the music program in the school they attend. A reference form completed by the applicant’s band teacher is required. This form may be completed by the applicant’s instructor if the applicant is no longer in high school, or if the high school they attend does not have a band program.

Applicants must be no younger than 14 and no older than 20 at the time of audition. Tuition will be $480 payable at the start of the program or in two installments of $240 each semester. 

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