Loyola Jazz Camp

June 12 - 15, 2017

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4 Full Days of Combos • Improvisation • Theory • Ear Training • Appreciation • Faculty Performances• Individual Lessons• Master Classes


(Subject to change due to other commitments)

Gordon Towell - Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Loyola.

Tony Dagradi - Professor of Saxophone at Loyola, he co-leads the band Astral Project, which has made many CDs including VooDooBop and Elevado on Compass. Tony has a B.M. from Loyola and a M.F.A. from Tulane University. He has also worked with Bobby McFerrin and Dr. John.

Don Vappie - Guitar instructor at Loyola - Born in New Orleans, Don leads and tours with the Creole Jazz Serenaders. He has appeared as a guest performer with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and is an accomplished guitarist, bassist, banjoist and vocalist.

Nick Volz - Professor of Classical and Jazz Trumpet, received his B.M. in Music Education from Loyola University, his M.M. from Southeastern LA University, and his PhD in Brass Pedagogy from Indiana University. Born in New Orleans, Dr. Volz performs with a wide variety of groups.

Matt Lemmler - Piano instructor at Loyola, is an accomplished jazz pianist, composer and arranger. An in-demand freelance musician, he earned a BM from Loyola University and a Master’s from Manhattan School of Music in NYC. His latest CD is entitled Ubuntu.

Ed Wise - Bass instructor at Loyola University

Wayne Maureau - Instructor of Drums at Loyola, one of the most “in demand” drummers in town, covering a wide variety of gigs from Jazz and Blues, to Latin, R&B, and Rock. He graduated from Louisiana State University and studied further at Drummers Collective in New York City.


Non-beginners who have completed the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades, and play
brass, woodwind or string instruments, piano, bass, guitar, or drum set.


Tuition $225.00 (Students are welcome to commute to the camp, or stay in the dorm)
Room & Board $300.00 (Double occupancy) Must be a minimum of 14 years of age to stay in Dorm. Bring your own linens.

Food service will begin Monday morning (6/12), and end with supper Thursday (6/15).
Commuters with cash or credit may purchase lunches in the Danna Center.


2:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017
Room 240, Music Building, corner of St. Charles Ave. & Calhoun St.

CHECK OUT: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 15, 2017
CLASSES: Monday - Thursday, June 12-15, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CLOSING CONCERT: 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sample Daily Schedule, Optional Evening Activities (chaperoned)
7:30 Breakfast
9:00 Theory/Improv. Sections
10:30 Faculty Performance
12:00 Lunch 
1:00 Master Classes
2:30 Faculty Presentation
3:30 Combos
5:00 Dinner
6:30 Supervised jam sessions, viewing of video tape of artists, listening, practice, Rec Plex activities
11:00 DORM


In an effort to achieve a balanced instrumentation for the camp, we will limit the number of each instrument accepted. Applications with deposits will be taken in order of receipt until each limit is reached. Those we are unable to accommodate will be returned promptly. Pay your deposit early to insure placement! You can apply online OR through the mail. 

ONLINE APPLICATION: To visit the online storefront click here.


  • Download student application here.
  • Download pedagogy application here.

Please share this information with students and friends.
Deadline: Friday, May 26, 2017
Mail to: Gordon Towell, Loyola University, Box 8, New Orleans, LA  70118

If you have any questions or need further information call 504-865-2164 or 504-865-3037, or e-mail Gordon Towell at gltowell@loyno.edu.

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