Joplin, MO (SNS) – With a focus on improvisation and history of jazz music, the 2015 MSSU Jazz Camp will be held Tuesday through Friday, July 14-17, in the Music Department at Missouri Southern State University.

Open to students in grades six through 12, the camp is in its second year – having previously been held at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School.

“It will focus on a couple of key concepts,” said Levi Randolph, camp director and a music instructor at Missouri Southern. “We’ll be teaching participants how to improvise and giving them the tools to be creative artists. They’ll also learn about the history of jazz as we emphasize its rhythmic roots.”

Classes and rehearsals will also focus on theory, ear training and transcription of solos, melodic patterns, jazz style and interpretation. The camp will conclude with a recital at 6 p.m. Friday, July 17, in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

Faculty will include Randolph (saxophone/flute), Kyle Babbitt (saxophone), Bill Punch (trumpet/jazz orchestra), Scott Harris (trumpet), Tyler Graves (piano) and Matt Brusca (percussion).

Cost is $150 per student, which includes tuition, a T-shirt and all camp materials. To download a registration form, visit

The camp is sponsored by Ernie Williamson Music, Joplin Avenue Coffee Co., Wal-Mart and Stine Seed.

For more information, contact Randolph at