Author Archives: Southeastern Music Academy

S.M.A. Progressive Jazz Ensemble Director Notes Posted Here

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S.M.A. Jazz Ensemble 2 Director Notes Posted Here

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S.M.A. Combo Progam Director Notes Posted Here

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S.M.A. Jazz Ensemble 1 Director Notes Posted Here

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L.S.J.O. Director Notes Posted Here

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S.M.A. Auditions for the 2017-2018 season are open!!!

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 Students of all levels are welcome to audition. Auditioning for S.M.A. is a on-line process: more information regarding requirements and the audition form can be found here. On-line audition dates are as follows: Brass: Open Auditions Beginning June 12, 2017 Woodwinds: Open AuditionsBeginning June 12, 2017 Rhythm Section (all other instruments): Open Auditions Also all instruments are encouraged to audition including non-traditional jazz instruments such as French...Read more »

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S.M.A. Performance Opportunities include Cliff Bell’s Monthly Jam Session

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Select ensembles from Southeastern Music Academy will have the opportunity to perform at the following venues and events: S.M.A Youth Jam Sessions @Cliff Bells Michigan State University Jazz Spectacular Various Outreach Concerts Come and enjoy our S.M.A Jam Sessions at Cliff Bells located at 2030 Park Ave, Detroit Michigan 48226. We feature high school jazz ensembles from the Metro Detroit area followed by a student...Read more »

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Rayse Biggs – Jazz Ensemble 2

Rayse Biggs is gifted with a unique quality and sound blended from musical greats and topped off with his own style. His musical career began on the family piano in the living room mimicking his older brother, Travis Biggs, and performing musical skits during family gatherings. His formal training began in the Detroit Public Schools playing the French horn, drums, string bass and tuba. After...Read more »

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Tad Weed – Jazz Ensemble 1

Tad Weed is a powerhouse of a pianist who recently relocated from Los Angeles to the Midwest. Tad’s discography includes over a dozen CD’s, and he has performed with some of the greatest names in jazz including John Patitucci, Mundell Lowe, Carmen McCrae, Charles Lloyd and Woody Herman. His artistically rich and diverse background allows him to command a wide range of styles, from Be...Read more »

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Sean Dobbins – Executive/Artistic Director

The Louis Smith Jazz Orchestra (L.S.J.O.) A product of the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Sean Dobbins has stayed devoted to education throughout his life. Early mentor Louis Smith, an Ann Arbor Public Schools band teacher, impressed the importance of a good education upon Sean at an early age. Sean is known in his community as a band director, drum teacher and positive influence for many....Read more »

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