Our ColaJazz Adult Summer Jazz Camp weekend intensive offers exciting opportunities for jazzers 18+ years old:

jazz combos sorted by ability
– learn jazz theory and improvisation
– experience cool workshops
personalized instruction
– faculty & camp concerts
– free t-shirt
– grand finale concert by YOU!  

With small combos, theory, improv, incredible masterclasses and performances, our premier summer jazz camp is a blast for all-levels and instruments. If you want to deep dive John Coltrane, we got you; if you’re learning the basic blues form, we got you! Tuition includes a daily lunch & all daytime activities, masterclasses, and 2 complimentary tickets for your family & friends to the finale performance.




sc summer jazz camp

JULY 20 – 23


Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
5637 Bush River Rd
Columbia, SC 29212

*Wonderful facilities to practice, learn, hang and play JAZZ. Convenient and FREE parking, easily accessible, this location serves us well.

sc summer jazz camp
sc summer jazz camp
sc summer jazz camp



1:30pm – 2:00pm Check-in
2:00pm – 2:15pm Camp welcome announcements & information
2:15pm – 3:35pm Combo session 1: let’s play!
3:45pm – 4:45pm Jazz theory
5:00pm – 6pm Combo session 2: gettin’ it together
10am – 10:20am Check-in, announcements
10:30am – 11:30a Jazz theory
11:40a – 12:30p Jazz improv: apply it
12:30p – 1:30p Lunch
1:30p – 2:50p Combo session 3: diggin’ in
3:00p – 4:00p Masterclass with Derek Lee Bronston
4:10p – 5:00p Sectionals
7:30p – 10:30p All-camp social/dinner & drinks/jam session at The Market on Main
10am – 10:20am Check-in, announcements
10:30am – 11:30a Jazz theory
11:40a – 12:30p Combo session 4: now you’re talkin’
12:30p – 1:30p Lunch
1:30p – 2:45p Special Guest Masterclass with Tim Leahey
3:00p – 4:30p Combo session 5: in the pocket
4:30p – 5:00p Individual (or combo) practice time
6:30p – 9:30p All-camp social/dinner & drinks/jam session at The Joint at 1710 Main Street
SUNDAY, JULY 23 * Koger Center for the Arts (1051 Greene Street, Columbia, SC 29201)
1:00pm – 1:30pm Louis Armstrong Combo Soundcheck
1:45pm – 2:15pm Miles Davis Combo Soundcheck
2:30pm – 3:00pm John Coltrane Combo Soundcheck
4:00p – 5:30p Grande Finale Concert at the Koger Center for the Arts



Why this SC summer jazz camp?
The ColaJazz 18+ Summer Jazz Camp is for any jazzers 18+ years who wants an exceptional, weekend summer jazz camp! If you want to learn jazz, play in combos, discover how to improvise, develop as a musician, explore jazz theory and its rich history in America, grow your creativity and social skills, this camp is for YOU!

The ColaJazz Foundation is a 2021 Governor Award-winner nonprofit Jazz organization with an established and exciting history of producing world-class jazz events and outreach throughout South Carolina. Based on formal evaluations of the most renowned and prestigious Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camps and decades of professional experience in jazz education and performances throughout the world, Executive Director Mark Rapp, created and launched the very first annual summer jazz camp in Columbia, SC in 2017. ColaJazz has years of refining our summer jazz camps to be the most engaging and fun summer jazz camp in the Midlands.

The ColaJazz 18+ Summer Jazz Camp teachers are the most accomplished and highly regarded Jazz educators and performers around. As an example, Dr. Mitch Butler, Director of Jazz Education for the ColaJazz Foundation, received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Performance from East Carolina University. Dr. Butler is also a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Doctor of Music Arts degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Studies.

The ColaJazz 18+ Summer Jazz Camp will leave you invigorated, feeling accomplished and walking away excited about your next steps in music along with some new friends.

What will I get out of it?
You will have the opportunity to play in small group jazz ensembles, learn about jazz theory, to creatively improvise, explore special electives, publicly perform, learn about jazz history and its role in America, experience the sounds of world-class jazz presented by our faculty and guest clinician(s), make new friends, grow as a musician, grow as a person, and so much more!

Where and when does it take place?
The 2023 18+ Summer Jazz Camp takes place Friday through Sunday, July 20 – July 23 at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC.

Arrival and departure times?
Please see the schedule above.

Do we allow refunds?
Yes. Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Prior to July 1st, payment is fully refundable. From July 1st to July 8th, payment is refundable less 50%. After July 8th, payments are non-refundable.

ColaJazz 18+ Summer Jazz Camp reserves the right to refuse a registration due to limited availability. The right is also reserved to decline, to accept, cancel or withdraw any camp participant prior to or during the camp.

Are there scholarships available?
Yes. We have limited financial assistance available thanks to our donors and sponsors. Please contact us to inquire about scholarship availability.

What should I prepare before I get to camp?
Short answer… nothing. This is the point of a summer jazz camp: to meet you where you are and leave you in a better place after. We got you!

Longer answer… We will contact you in advance of the camp with any preparatory information. Typically, we will ask you submit a simple video recording of you playing. Nothing scary; easy-peezy.

What should I bring with me?
Your instrument, along with everything you need to play it! This means, amps, cables, power cords, mouthpieces, reeds, valve oil, etc. There are some pianos, amps and drum kits on location, but if you prefer your own keyboard and amp or your own drum kit, by all means, bring it. We will contact you in advance if there is anything special you may need to bring.

Here’s a list of items you may find handy to have at camp:
– snacks and drinks (lunch is provided)
– a recording device
– pencils
– manuscript paper
– charging sources for your phone, computer, iPad, etc.
– comfortable shoes
– any personal medicine that you require

What instruments are appropriate for jazz?
We’re looking for saxophonists/flutists, trumpeters, trombonists, pianists, guitarists, bassists, drummers, vibraphone players and singers. Violinists and harmonica players have also had a great time. Bagpipe players might want to think twice.

How do I know if I’m good enough?
The ColaJazz 18+ Summer Jazz Camps are open to all singers and instrumentalists. Our goal is to help you get to the “next level,” whatever that might be. Campers of all ability levels have learned a lot and have had a great time! Combos are arranged by ability level, and teaching methods vary — some instructors hand out charts, others teach by ear. If you can play some scales and read a little bit of music, you’ll do well; anything beyond that, you’ll thrive!

What kind of jazz will I be learning and playing?
Straight-ahead jazz and blues from the “Great American Songbook” contains the widest range of and the most popular jazz sounds in recorded history. From Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and others, we will draw upon the best in Jazz! We also accommodate traditional, fusion, funk, and avant-garde jazz styles, and in some cases, we use pop tunes as a launch pad for improvisation.

How can I get more information?
Contact us, here.



These terms and conditions apply to the 2022 ColaJazz 18+ Summer Jazz Camp.

All bookings are subject to the terms and conditions set out below. Registration and payment indicates acceptance of all the following:
All applicants accept the following on their own behalf, as well as, on behalf of the camper attending. You consent to release ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, ColaJazz Foundation and all ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp staff from any
claim or liability arising directly or indirectly from the Jazz Camp activities.

You indemnify ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, and ColaJazz against responsibility for any accident, loss or injury suffered by you or your child/children during the course of the ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp activities.

Medical and hospital treatment
If a representative of ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, or ColaJazz should at any time consider that you or your child/children require/s medical or hospital treatment, you consent to them obtaining this at your expense.

Fees (all prices are in US Dollars)
Payment is in advance in full unless otherwise stated, in writing, online or on ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp promotional material.
Payment will be accepted by credit card online at

Refunds and due dates
Full advance payment is required to complete registration. Yes. Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Prior to July 1st, payment is fully refundable. From July 1st to July 8th, payment is refundable less 50%. After July 8th, payments are non-refundable. ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp reserves the right to refuse a registration due to limited availability. The right is also reserved to decline, to accept, cancel or withdraw any camp participant prior to or during the camp.

Medical conditions, allergies and special dietary requirements
If you or your child/children has/have special dietary requirements or a pre-existing illness or medical condition, you must provide full details via email:

Damage to property
You consent to pay for any damage, whether deliberate or accidental, caused by you/ your child to property owned by ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, and ColaJazz or used by ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp and supplied by alternate parties (e.g. equipment, accommodation, vehicles) or property owned by other program participants. All replacement and or repair costs are the responsibility of the individual/s responsible for the damage.

Individual responsibility for personal property
ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, and ColaJazz are not responsible for individuals’ personal musical instruments or property. Insurance is suggested for valuable instruments.

Students are to remain on site for the duration of the camp
Students are not to leave the ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp venue at any time during the camp without the knowledge and written consent of the Camp administrators, Mark Rapp or Dr. Mitch Butler. A student will be given permission to leave the venue only in exceptional circumstances. As a general rule every student must be on site for the duration of the camp. No other staff member is authorized to allow a student off site. Students aged 12 years or under will not be allowed to leave without a parent or guardian unless written permission is given by a parent or guardian.

Student misbehavior, including bullying
The following will, at the discretion of the camp administratora, lead to a student being sent home at their parent’s expense:
– Bullying, threatening or intimidating another student or member of staff
– Possession of illegal drugs or alcohol
– Refusing to cooperate with the instructions of a member of staff
– Deliberately disrupting any Jazz Camp activity or lesson
– Other dangerous, disruptive or illegal behavior
– This is a smoke free venue.

Waiver and Release of Liability
Further, in consideration for my Child being permitted to participate in the ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, I, on behalf of my Child, and as the natural parent and/or as the legally authorized guardian, do hereby for my Child, myself, my family, heirs, personal representatives, and assigns, agree to, and hereby do, release, waive, discharge, hold harmless and indemnify, and forever defend the State of South Carolina, the ColaJazz
Foundation, the members of its Board, individually and collectively, its officers, employees, servants, agents, representatives directors, students, volunteers, and anyone acting on behalf of the ColaJazz Foundation, from any and all liability, losses, claims, actions, suits, procedures, demands, rights, and causes of action of whatever nature, in law and equity, for any and all known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, bodily or personal injuries, death and permanent injury, illnesses, damage to property, or other losses, and any consequences thereof, including expenses, costs, and attorney’s fees, as may be sustained by my Child or me, or any person or entity acting on my or my Child’s behalf, arising out of, or in any way associated with, my Child’s participation in the 2023 ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp. I warrant I am the parent or authorized legal Guardian of the Participant in the ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, and I warrant that I am 18 years of age or older. I have carefully reviewed and I agree to the terms of this entire document.

Photo Release
Give ColaJazz Foundation, its agents, employees, servants, assigns, and successors, without expectation of value, permission to:
Record my Child’s likeness and appearance on video tape, audio tape, film, photograph or any other medium; and use my Child’s name, likeness, voice, and biographical material in connection with these recordings; and Exhibit, copy or distribute such recording in whole or in part without restrictions or limitation for any educational or promotional purpose or advertisement campaigns which the ColaJazz Foundation, and those acting pursuant to its authority, deem appropriate.

Information supplied to ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, and ColaJazz will remain confidential and will not be made available to any third party. Photographs of camp activities may be taken by an authorized photographer and may be used in future promotional material or publications solely by ColaJazz Summer Jazz Camp, and ColaJazz.

Regarding COVID-19
We prefer everyone attending and working the camp to be fully vaccinated. If you are not, for your safety and for the consideration of those around you, please wear a mask, keep your distance, and follow the CDC recommended guidelines. For more information, please visit: