Hone your skill in an all-star lineup

The Texas Jazz All Stars offer affordable, off-season performance opportunities to accelerate your development.

Perform fun, challenging big band jazz

Share the stage with world-class acts

Hone your musicianship with other fast learners

Looking for a wholesome, high-quality program?

Band camps are great, and the dormitory-living experience ensures a week of great fun! But most camps include students at all levels of development, and they’re a little pricey for only a few days.

Jazzers ought to have a place to grow with other gifted players that lasts all summer.

Young all-stars shine onstage with
The Texas Jazz All Stars

We help local All Region and All State musicians to:

TeJAS - Hone Their Skills

Hone their skills

Fast paced instruction under professional faculty and guest clinicians.
Texas Jazz All Stars - Expand Their Horizons

Expand their horizons

Learning to play big band jazz is one of the best ways to grow as a musician.

Texas Jazz All Stars - Be Positioned for Success

Be positioned for success

Students build confidence and discipline at TeJAS. Our alumni have gone on to attend and teach at major music schools nationwide.

For about the same cost as a one-week college camp, Texas Jazz All Star kids get an all-summer experience with other students hand-picked for similarly their high skill levels. All All Star kids are All Region qualifiers, and typically, we have several All Staters!

And it’s an affordable program that won’t interfere with school band obligations!

Play with the best of the best in DFW

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"I was fortunate to spend my junior and senior years of high school as a member of the jazz orchestra. I’m a firm believer that iron sharpens iron and that’s exactly what happened, spending every week working with other dedicated musicians my age. I have no doubts I wouldn’t be where I am today without this youth orchestra."
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Myles Blakemore
Trombone, Class of 2010-2011

"I wanted to be in a band with other kids like me."

I was first chair at my high school. But I looked forward to All Region Band every year because that’s where everybody was “first chair.” All Region rehearsals moved much faster! I wished that experience lasted more than a single weekend a year.

In 2010, I started The Texas Jazz All Stars so today’s motivated players would have that opportunity. My vision was to build something akin to an all-summer long All Region band. But the All Stars has morphed into something even more exclusive. Typically, 25-30 percent of our kids are All Staters!

A professional jazz clinician and bright college interns help the best young musicians in DFW become even better!

And as a parent I know the importance of affordability. We strive to keep tuition manageable. If you’d like to get involved, why not apply today?

– Gary Phillips, Founder, The Texas Jazz All Stars

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What you can expect as a member of
The Texas Jazz All Stars

Join TeJAS - Professional Jazz Clinicians

Mr. Dimas Delgado is an award-winning jazz director with vast knowledge of the latest in jazz repertoire and the skill to teach it.

Play with the best students in the area. Members are hand-picked based on audition, teacher referral, and/or their All Region standings. Rehearsals move faster through more challenging material.

During breakout sessions, work with a jazzer only a few years older than you are.

Play at Hawaiian Falls, Six Flags, and patriotic events around DFW.

We aren’t a “jazz camp”, we’re a community show band. But you’ll have many opportunities to prep for September’s All Region Jazz auditions.

Lay down tracks in state-of-the-art studios!

Share the stage with touring pros who turn a high-school concert into a community show. We have performed with guests from Lincoln Center, Stan Kenton, Count Basie, the USMC All-Star Band, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

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Join TeJAS - Affordability

TeJAS is a great place to keep up your chops in a program that doesn’t conflict with your school band obligations. Work hard until late July, with a hard cutoff when marching band resumes.

Rack up volunteer credits when you perform for residents of memory care and assisted living communities.

Gain a whole summer’s worth of all-star experience for about the price of a one-week camp.

"I was one of the first members of this program. I went on to UNT and played in the One O'clock Lab Band. I know God put this program into my life as my first real jazz band experience."
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Kennedy Powers
Texas Jazz All Stars Alumnus

Grow with The Texas Jazz All Stars

1. Apply and audition

Complete an easy online application and then we'll schedule your audition. We also accept teacher recommendations.

2. Commit to the schedule

When you make the band, we'll make sure you can meet our rehearsal and performance dates. We'll also accept your tuition at this time.

3. Excel musically

You'll improve your skills, perform onstage with world-class musicians, and be well-prepared for a career in music--or wherever life takes you.

"During my two summers with TeJAS, I gained invaluable performance experience playing lead trumpet and as a featured soloist. I got to perform at many venues around DFW and record an album! TeJAS was an incredible resource that helped me grow; just a few years after my time there, I was able to win auditions for The United States Army Field Band and The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, premier military bands in Washington D.C.
I highly recommend TeJAS to all dedicated, young musicians!”
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Frequently Asked Questions

We recruit musicians from all over DFW, including outlying areas that are often left behind. We also welcome homeschoolers who are looking for a musicial education program for their kids.

The Texas Jazz All Stars is not a substitute for private instruction or school band. If you fall out of lessons you will fall behind.

Auditions are open to musicially-qualified teenagers of all cultures and creeds.

Membership is by competitive audition or instructor referral coupled with All Region/All State standings.

All kinds of places! We’ve performed indoor jazz concerts at churches and retirement homes. We’ve also performed outdoor jazz concerts on the 4th of July and at amusement parks.

Parents are more than welcome to attend rehearsals.

Yes. Tuition depends on the length of the season/session. Every Texas Jazz All Stars member must have their tuition paid in full before securing their spot in the band.

Unfortunately, we don’t have scholarships. (Remember, a scholarship doesn’t mean attendance was free. It means someone else paid for it.)

Compare The Texas Jazz All Stars tuition to other programs, and you’ll find us extremely affordable (a fraction of the cost of a drum corps). Ask your band director if your booster club offers financial aid.

Give us a call at (817) 691-1205, or fill out the form at the bottom of this page!

Yes! Most enrollees are high school students, All Region or better. But advanced middle-schoolers can be admitted as understudies. These up-and-comers participate in all activities alongside more seasoned musicians. However, our rehearsals are faster-paced than most 8th graders are accustomed to.

Yes! We will provide a letter you can use to document your volunteer hours.

Give us a call at (817) 691-1205, or contact us through this website.

Think you've got what it takes?

Let us know you’re ready to audition.

We look forward to meeting you!