Jazz Routes will launch in late spring 2021. A play on words, Jazz Routes will provide donated and refurbished instruments to local disadvantaged and at-risk youth. Where this outreach partnership between JOI and Donor Sponsors departs from similar programs is JOI’s inclusion of a year’s worth of free music lessons to help get the children started on their musical journey. Instructors are hand selected, vetted, and background checked. Many are CCSD affiliated and all are professional musicians with extensive teaching experience.
An instrument with lessons isn't just a gift to a student in need, it feeds a passion to experience life lessons including work ethic, tolerance, patience, integrity, teamwork, problem solving, improved academics, and so much more. An instrument is also a gift of music for a child's entire family and their community.
Instruments may be donated at any time. Sponsorships of students are encouraged. The cost of teaching one child for one year is $1,000. That investment pays dividends for the life of that person and the soul of our community. Sponsors are encouraged to attend our gifting ceremony.
Jazz for Young People
Licensed by famed Jazz at Lincoln Center and scripted by Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz for Young People program consists of narrated hour-long concerts aimed at secondary schools. The "JOI Sextet" guides students on a musical journey through the lives and music of a selected legendary jazz artist such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, and others.
This engaging and highly interactive program explores the challenges faced and overcome by these historic figures and how their lives and their music reflected the times then, and affects the genre today. Students learn life lessons set to words and music including perseverance, work ethic, trust and teamwork, integrity, problem solving, and of course a little scat!
JOI strives to enrich the Las Vegas community by sharing musical experiences with young people who may otherwise never experience listening to, holding, owning, or even learning to play instruments. We primarily emphasize our outreach efforts towards disadvantaged and "at-risk" youth individually and often in large groups at Title 1 schools.
Buzzin' In Brass
Buzzin' In Brass is the brainchild of our co-founder and Dir. of Programming, Gary Cordell. This highly acclaimed outreach effort for Title 1 "at risk" elementary schools is designed for students Kindergarten through 5th grade.
The Objective of Buzzin' In Brass is to introduce, educate and instill a love for music through live performances of the JOI Brass Quintet. The performances are engaging and fun, informative and interactive, and in very high demand by music specialists and administrators alike.