The Jazz Studio Annual Open House – A Student Recruitment Event

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Date(s) - June 10, 2023
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Spring Hill College Murphy Fine Arts Building


The Jazz Studio Music Education Program to Host NexGen Legacy Open House

The Jazz Studio, a Program of Mobile Big Band Society, invites all aspiring youth musicians of the greater  southern Gulf Coast area to attend its Open House event. This annual student recruitment program will be held Saturday, June 10, 2023, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Murphy Fine Arts Building on the campus of Spring Hill College.  TJS’s Musical Director is Hosea London, band leader and manager of Mobile’s iconic Excelsior Band. A professional music educator for more than 25 years, Mr. London is well invested in the future of traditional jazz education, and the art of live performance, which are the hallmarks of success as exhibited by TJS students, “I’m very proud of our alumni. Students that helped to launch this program in their middle school years are now attending SEC, Big 10, and other competitive  colleges and universities throughout the country…I like to think we played a part in nurturing that academic success too.”, London said.

TJS has developed a proven strategy which has sustained the program for the past eight years and counting, which includes a wholistic approach, “We consider all of TJS’s parents as band mates…I teach the fundamentals of jazz history and improvisation, and the parents encourage ongoing study, regular practice, and they ensure the students arrive on time for practice sessions and performances. It’s truly a team effort!”, London said.  Parents of elementary and middle school student musicians, currently playing at the intermediate to advanced level, are strongly encouraged to attend the TJS Open House.  It will serve as an opportunity to meet the program’s instructors, current students, and for their child to audition in an encouraging, inspirational environment.  Beginners are also welcome, as Mr. London and his team of instructors may provide information on individual instruction during after school hours or on weekends.

We are actively seeking the TJS Nex-Gen class of aspiring jazz musicians. Individuals interested in supporting the program are also welcome to attend.  Community partnerships have been the lifeline of this program, each providing resources, expertise and/or financial support.  For more information call TJS co-founder and business manager, Peggy Castile Thrash, at 251-545-4244.