Topeka, Kan. – More than 40 jazz musicians in grades 7th through 12th will be on the Washburn University campus June 4 – 9, 2023 for the Washburn University Coleman Hawkins Summer Jazz Camp. These young jazz enthusiasts will have the opportunity to play with and learn from some of the finest, nationally recognized jazz musicians and educators in the country, including Dr. Bryce Call (trumpet), assistant professor at Washburn University, Dr. Ryan Heinlein (trombone), assistant professor and director of jazz studies at Johnson County Community College, Dr. Zak Pischnotte (saxophone), adjunct professor at Washburn University, Bill McKemy (bass), lecturer at Washburn University, Marty Morrison (drums), jazz studies faculty at Missouri State University, Brant Jester (piano), pianist, composer and arranger in Kansas City and Dr. Craig Treinen (saxophone), department chair and director of jazz studies/applied saxophone at Washburn University. Students must have previously registered for this camp to attend.  

     The camp includes jazz combos, master classes, jazz history, student jam sessions and artist lectures. A majority of the campers have elected to stay in resident facilities on campus, getting an immersive experience.

      “The Coleman Hawkins Summer Jazz Camp has been a Washburn University tradition for more than 30 years,” said Treinen. “It allows faculty in the Washburn department of music and other invited nationally recognized jazz artists and educators to share our love of jazz with the next generation of performers and to help them perfect their skills in one of our true American traditions known as jazz.

      “This is why we are teachers, why the department of music exists. It’s exciting to invite these younger musicians to campus each summer.”

Free Daily Concerts

      The community is invited to attend a faculty concert daily 7 – 8 p.m., June 4 – 8, in Garvey, GC 143 (choir room), and the student performances 2 – 3:30 p.m. June 9 in White Concert Hall, all on the campus of Washburn University. These concerts are free.

Additional Music Camps

      There are other opportunities this summer for musicians who enjoy other music genres, like percussion or piano, to join a music camp at Washburn University. Visit to learn more.

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For further information, contact:

Joy Bailes
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Office: 785-670-2153
Cell: 785-230-1648
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