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HYS Jazz

Find Your Groove with HYS Jazz

Join other serious music students and elevate your ability to play a variety of popular, commercial, and jazz styles. The HYS Jazz program is comprised of two Combo ensembles, for intermediate and advanced students (ages 14-18 and grades 9-12) who play Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Piano, Drums, Sax, Trumpet, Trombone.

Up to two students per instrument will be selected to participate in this program.

Submit your audition recordings online:

Program Leadership

Director, HYS Jazz & Combo I

A highly regarded studio and freelance musician, Dean Taba began his musical studies on the piano at the age of 6 and played french horn in the Hawaii Youth Symphony. It was a desire to play in the high school […]

How to Apply

While no prior jazz or improvisational experience is necessary, admission to The Combo is by audition only. Submit your audition recordings online:


Combo I & II is open by audition only. A password is required to access the Online Registration Form. Acceptance letters will be e-mailed to the primary e-mail address on file on/before August 28. Please check your child’s acceptance letter for the password.

Combo I Registration Form

Combo II Registration Form

Financial Aid

HYS believes in making music education affordable and equitable for all. Thanks to generous donations and grants, we are able to offer financial aid packages for qualified students. Scholarships for private lessons are also available. Financial Aid applications are available at the HYS website and are due by June 1, 2018. All financial information will be kept confidential and used only for financial aid decision-making purposes

Neighbor Island Students

Travel Assistance Available

Students from all islands are encouraged to audition and apply. In addition to Financial Aid and Scholarships, HYS has funds to assist with neighbor island students with travel expenses (airfare and ground transportation) for rehearsals and concerts.


Because we understand that coming every weekend to Oahu would be impossible, we will work with neighbor island students on a case-by-case basis to create reasonable attendance policies that minimize hardship, while maximizing learning, participation, and artistic excellence.