Jazz Camp Testimonials

Here’s what Northwest Big Band Alumni have to say about their NWBB Jazz Camp experiences:


  • “This experience was the highlight of my year.”
  • “Dmitri [Matheny] is terrific!”
  • “The faculty is really exceptional – and very appreciated.”
  • “Chris [Bruya] is an amazing instructor. I wish I could spend a year in one of his bands.”
  • “Love this week. Intense but terrific!”
  • “Vince’s [Fejeran] rehearsal style is excellent. He really got results out of the big band; an energetic but focused teacher.”
  • “The clinics were outstanding. I am already using tips from them to improve my improv.”


  • “Vince [Fejeran] did an amazing job directing us. He is fun, energetic, and passionate about the music without being too serious. The rest of the faculty was also outstanding!”
  • “Dmitri [Matheny] is a great coach!”
  • “Another awesome year! I always leave feeling proud of the work I’ve put in and the knowledge I’ve gained from a week around musicians & mentors.”
  • “Great camp. Great faculty. Great music. Great friends.”
  • “A terrific week at Warm Beach. I worked hard, learned a lot, renewed some friendships, and had a great time. The combination of whole-band practices, sectionals and combos works very well.”
  • “Well organized and coached. Always great fellowship & good will.”

2020 – Camp cancelled


  • “Another great experience. Band rehearsals were well organized and precise.”
  • “Vince Fejeran is a great director!”
  • “One of the most enjoyable camps that I go to. Warm Beach is an amazing facility; great place to stay for a week. Looking forward to next year!”
  • “Overall terrific! Vince [Fejeran] is an outstanding band leader and Barry [Erb] is an outstanding sectional/ensemble leader.”
  • “Love the whole week! Vince [Fejeran] was terrific. Seeing old friends – playing terrific charts – fun the whole week.”


  • “Many thanks for making this camp happen. I thought it was great.”
  • “Wonderful, excellent experience. Great combo of fun and learning. Far exceeded my (high) expectations.”
  • “There was nothing that I didn’t like. The highlights were Craig’s Caldonia, Stan’s solos, the faculty concert, playing songs hour after hour, and working with Andy.”
  • “Wow! What a great experience! Instructors were top notch. Best band I have played with in all my Carmel Valley and Port Townsend camps.”
  • “Will definitely be back next year. Great charts.”
  • “I really had a good time and learned a lot, what a great combination.”

2015 – 2017

  • “Lots of music time – that’s why we came!”
  • “Thank you for keeping the music alive.”
  • “The highlights for me are always the people. From the organizers, director, fellow musicians – just awesome to be around!”
  • “Always fun to get together with musicians to have a jam or just good time playing new charts. “
  • “I am looking forward to seeing old friends…. NWBB has become part of my yearly schedule. I look forward to going and to spending time with the members of the Big Band.”
  • “I have met and made many friends….. I find the band members to be willing to share expertise, or listen to critical comments and attempt to improve.”

Link to Northwest Big Band Jazz Camp Information

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