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Jazz Instrumental Camp is open to students entering the 7th through 12th grades. This camp is designed to meet the needs of those students who are interested in jazz at all levels, providing an instructional and educational experience for both beginners and more advanced students. Students will have an opportunity to study jazz with EIU’s outstanding jazz faculty and other fine musicians from around the country.  Students participate in the following:


  • Big Band
  • Jazz Theory
  • Improvisation
  • Master classes
  • Jazz Seminar
  • Combos (for the more advanced students)


Participants will also have an opportunity to perform for family and friends at a final concert on Saturday, the last day of camp.

Jazz Instrumental camp is coordinated by Sam Fagaly.

Students should prepare for a brief placement audition to be held on the first day of camp. Rhythm section members should be prepared to demonstrate a variety of styles and play scales. There is no prepared piece required for rhythm section students.


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Sam Fagaly, coordinator

Sam Fagaly is the Director of Jazz Studies, conductor of the award winning EIU Jazz Ensemble, and professor of applied saxophone at Eastern Illinois University. He has extensive teaching and performing experience.

He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Florida, his Masters of Music from Louisiana State University, and his Doctor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado.



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Paul Johnston, faculty

Paul Johnston joined Eastern’s Jazz Studies faculty in 2004. He teaches jazz piano, improvisation, history, and directs the EIU Jazz Lab Band and combo program.

He studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Indiana University. He is at home in a wide variety of musical styles and has performed with artists including Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, Benny Golson, Monica Mancini, and Bernadette Peters.