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Summer Jazz Intensive

Summer Jazz Intensive

The Pacific Music Institute understands the uncertainty of the continual development of the COVID-19 situation. For the time being, auditions will be temporarily suspended.  We will make sure to post information as soon as we are able. Mahalo!

PMI Summer Jazz Intensive

June 7 – 13, 2020

Presented in Partnership with ‘Iolani School


PMI is pleased to announce the Summer Jazz Intensive, an exciting new partnership with ‘Iolani School, launching in June 2020.  Dean Taba, director of HYS Jazz, and Curtis Abe, director of Iolani School stage bands and combos, brainstormed ways for their respective programs to combine their resources in an effort to provide the highest quality jazz education.

The  Summer Jazz Intensive is a week-long program with renowned faculty from the University of Texas at Arlington, notable touring and session musicians, and local legends. The resulting week-long program will allow students from public and private schools, as well as neighbor island and national visitors, to receive expert instruction from more than a dozen notable jazz musicians. Tommy James, Abe Lagrimas Jr., Noel Okimoto, Robert Shinoda, and Steve Treseler,  are among the Institute’s star-studded faculty.

This exciting new Summer Jazz Intensive program also provides access to Iolani School’s state-of-the-art rehearsal facilities, new performance opportunities, and more. Because SJI takes place in a separate session that runs several weeks earlier than the other sessions, students can also participate in later sessions like the OLA Wind Ensemble or OLA Symphony Orchestra. Students can also sign up for either morning or afternoon or both jazz sessions!

Registration Form

Daily Schedule

9:00-12:30pm “Morning Combo” Session

1:30-5:00pm “Afternoon Big Band” Session

  • No previous jazz experience required
  • “Morning Combo” Session is available to all instruments
  • “Afternoon Big Band” Session is available for saxophone (alto, tenor, bari), trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, piano, electric guitar, bass, drum set, vibraphone
  • Must be at least entering 6th grade

Program Direction

Director, HYS Jazz & Combo I; Jazz+

Jazz Trombone


Director, HYS Jazz & Combo I; Jazz+


HYS Jazz - Combo II; Jazz+

Drum Set & Vibraphone

Jazz Trumpet

Jazz Guitar

Jazz Saxophone

Drum Set & Percussion

Drum Set & Vibraphone

Jazz Piano

Jazz Trombone

Jazz Piano

Sponsored, in part, by:

The Tam-Young Arts Chair at ‘Iolani School
The Patrick Lim Family Stage Band Endowment
The Marcia Wong Stage Band Endowment
The Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
University of Texas at Arlington Jazz
University of Texas at Arlington Jazz

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