In 2000 Jan Pyle, on behalf of the Jazz in the Sangres Festival, approached the newly formed Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts with a proposal. He asked “How would you like to create some sort of educational experience for kids at the festival? Maybe a camp?”
With all of one year under our belt, we somehow said yes, and the next year 24 high school musicians made their way to the small town in the Colorado mountains to spend a few days playing together and learning from some of the best professional musicians in the region. They also met the musicians playing at the festival, heard some incredible music, and made friendships that are still lasting.
Seventeen years and hundreds of kids later, we’re once again preparing for our Jazz in the Sangres Camp, only this year it is sadly without our co-founder and favorite volunteer, as he passed away after a valiant battle with cancer.
In honor of Jan, and in accordance with his wishes, CCJA has created a Jan Pyle Memorial Scholarship Fund to help kids with need attend the Jazz in the Sangres camp. We have 12 kids who need help this year, and any amount will help our youth connect to something greater than themselves, as they meaningfully express themselves and learn to create and collaborate and say yes to what matters.
(note Jan’s name in the ‘in honor of’ line.)