Small Group Program

CCJA’s core program groups students from all over the metro area in small (7-9 piece) jazz ensembles*, who are directed by professional musician mentors. These mentors are all accomplished professional musicians, most of whom also teach at the college level, and they have a wealth of real experience to share with students. These ensembles meet weekly (in 3 ten-week sessions per school year) to rehearse, play, and perform together as they study jazz improvisation, technique, style, theory, and history. Students are also given opportunities to compose and arrange for their groups.Over the past twelve years, the program has attracted amazing young players who have become integral players in their respective school groups, members of All-State Jazz Band, and recipients of impressive scholarships to major music programs across the country. Students have also connected with other players through CCJA and have formed working bands.  To get a better idea of what a small group is like check out this video.


Who: Young musicians ages 11-18 who have been playing their instrument for at least a year. All instruments and ability levels welcome.



Groups in Denver, Boulder, Highlands Ranch, & Fort Collins

  • Tuesday Evenings 7-9pm — Aug 21, 28, Sept 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16
  • October 22 Concert at Ace Gillett’s Lounge (Fort Collins Group)
  • October 23 Concert at Dazzle (Denver & Highlands Ranch Groups)
  • October 24 Concert at Nissi’s (Boulder Groups)


Groups in Denver, Boulder, Highlands Ranch, & Fort Collins

  • Tuesday Evenings 7-9pm — Nov 6, 13, 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, Jan 8, 15, 22
  • January 28 Concert at Ace Gillett’s Lounge (Fort Collins Group)
  • January 29 Concert at Nissi’s (Boulder Groups)
  • January 30 Concert at Dazzle (Denver & Highlands Ranch Groups)


Groups in Denver, Boulder, Highlands Ranch, & Fort Collins

  • Tuesday Evenings 7-9pm — Feb 12, 19, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19*, 26*, Apr 2, 9, 16
  • **Off for Spring Break – Mar 19 (Fort Collins & Highlands Ranch ONLY) Mar 26 (Denver/Boulder ONLY)
  • Jazz-O-Rama Performance at Mount Vernon Country Club on April 23, 2019


Groups meet at five different locations across the Front Range.

  • DENVER – University of Denver, Newman Center for the Performing Arts (Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm)
  • HIGHLANDS RANCH – Mountain Ridge Middle School (Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm)
  • BOULDER – CU-Boulder Macky Auditorium Building (Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm)
  • FORT COLLINS – CSU, University Center for the Arts in Fort Collins (Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm)


Fees for each 10 week session are $315, or two payments of $157.50.** If you prefer to mail a check, choose the “invoice” payment option at the end of the registration process and mail to CCJA, 4505 W 36th Ave Denver, CO 80212. We offer other some need-based scholarships, so please let us know if you are interested in applying for one.

PAYMENT POLICY: At least half of the tuition for each session must be paid by the first rehearsal of each session. If you choose to pay half, the balance must be paid by the 5th rehearsal. 2) If you choose to drop out during a session, you are still responsible for the full tuition amount. We are not able to give refunds. (If you find another student to take your place, or sub for you occasionally, you can ask them to reimburse you.)

CCJA is a non-profit that depends on both tuition and fundraising for space rental, instructors, music, concerts, insurance and administrative costs. We plan the number of groups and instructors based on the number of students who register. Regardless of whether each student is at a rehearsal or not, our costs remain the same.

How to get started:

If you are interested in registering for a CCJA program, please follow the links below with our various locations:

Register for the Denver location

Register for the Boulder location

Register for the Highlands Ranch location

Register for the Fort Collins location

When you register, an automatic receipt will be sent to the email address you provide for the student. Later on,  both parents and students will receive a registration confirmation email with more information.  Sometimes there are waiting lists for certain instruments, and auditions are then held. Questions? Call Paul Romaine at 720-201-6885 .


If there are more applicants for rhythm section players than there are spots at the end of the registration period for each session, auditions will be held. WE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHETHER OR NOT YOU WILL NEED TO AUDITION. For Audition Requirements, please go here.

2 thoughts on “Small Group Program

  • September 19, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    This sounds like something my eighth grader would absolutely love, however he’s just beginning his second year of trombone and is obviously still a beginner. Would your groups be fitting for this level? He currently takes private lessons over at Boomers. He played in the middle school band last year, but is not currently in a band and is looking for more group performance opportunities.

    • September 21, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Hi Kate, we definitely have groups that would fit his ability level! We have plenty of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders who are beginners as well. If you’d like, you’re welcome to come check out one of this session’s rehearsals or you’re welcome to attend our end-of-session concerts, which are open to the public! Feel free to email our Program Assistant Annie Booth at if you’d like some more info about anything.


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