The passion for music goes well beyond the stage. From developing elementary school bands to cultivating university music students, Orbert Davis has been striving to get more music into more schools. With music programs like DMDL, Inc. and the CJP Education initiative, Orbert has managed to get his plan into motion.
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic JazzAlive Strings program at Victor Herbert Elementary School in Chicago.
The Path & The Plan
Discover Music Discover Life
Davis’ and Ingram’s mission is to enhance student academic achievement and life skills through supportive mentoring, and by developing and implementing standards-based curricula. Their unique methods are presented from a perspective that if you meet students where they are culturally, socially and emotionally — powerful connections can be made academically.
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic
The University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic/University of Illinois at Chicago Jazz Academy is a 2-week summer program teaching jazz instruments, performance, and knowledge for children grades 5–12. The Jazz Academy mentors students to help develop life skills and prepare for college. Sponsored by UIC, the Jazz Academy builds on CJP’s JazzAlive school-year program that works to build sustainable music and band programs in Chicago schools. Students participate in individual, small and large class groups and in ensembles such as Jazz Band, Drumline, and Hand Chimes. Additional courses offered range from Instrument Technique to Jazz Aesthetics in addition to college information including financial aid.
Located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the full-day camp opens up new opportunities for participants.