July 29 - August 2

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Move in: TBD

All Program Check-in:  Monday, July 29 at 8 am

Monday – Friday: 9am – 9pm

Move out: TBD

Tuition 2018

Regular Week Tuition:

  • New Student – $1745
  • Returning Student – $1645

Deposit Deadline: Rolling, Please Contact Admissions

Deposit: $500 (included in tuition)

Dorm & Meal Plan: TBD

Typical Day

Instrument Specific Master Class: 9 am – 11 am

Big Band rehearsal #1: 11 am -12 pm

Lunch: on campus

Big Band rehearsal #2: 1:30 pm – 3 pm

Combo & Improv: 3 pm – 5 pm

Dinner: TBD

Evening Concert: 7 pm – 9 pm

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Camp is partnering with smartmusic.com to provide tools to students to play their best! Practice makes perfect

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Gordon Goodwin

Having amassed 21 Grammy nominations, four statues and three Emmy wins, Gordon Goodwin is the most decorated big band leader in the 21st century. He is leader of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, an internationally known ensemble with a reputation as one of the most exciting large ensembles in jazz.

The BPB has released seven critically acclaimed records, its most recent being Life in the Bubble, which garnered four Grammy Nominations, and won the Grammy for “Best Large Ensemble Album.”

Gordon’s composing for film and television has garnered him three Emmy Awards. He has written and worked with artists like Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Johnny Mathis, John Williams, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, and Quincy Jones, to name a few. His charts are played all over the world, and along with his method books and CDs, have been a robust source of inspiration and learning for thousands of young musicians.

Goodwin is the host of a popular new radio program called “Phat Tracks with Gordon Goodwin,” airing weekends on KJAZZ, America’s jazz and blues station. His newest recording “An Elusive Man” is due for release in fall 2016.



Eric Marienthal

Sal Lozano

Brian Scanlon

Jeff Driskill

Jay Mason


Wayne Bergeron

Dan Fornero

Dan Savant


Andy Martin

Charlie Morillas

Francisco Torres

Craig Gosnell


Kevin Axt


Andrew Synowiec


Joey DeLeon


Ray Brinker


Gordon Goodwin

There are three really good ways to get better as a musician.

One is to practice a lot, all day, and every day. That’ll do it.

Another is to get yourself a really good teacher, someone who challenges you and inspires you.

Another way is to play with people that are better than you are.

We can’t help you with suggestion 1, you pretty much have to commit to that one on your own. But we might be able to help with suggestions 2 and 3.  Because in July of 2018 Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat  Camp is coming to the Los Angeles College of Music, and we want you to be a part of it! You will be able to learn about jazz up close and personal with the members of the Grammy-winning Big Phat Band.  You’ll get valuable advice from master musicians like Wayne Bergeron, Eric Marienthal, Andy Martin and all the amazing musicians in the BPB. We’ll be covering big band ensemble concepts, improvisation and combo playing, instrument master classes, career advice and more. Plus, every night you’ll enjoy a private concert from some of best musicians that Los Angeles has to offer, including the Little Phat Band and the Big Phat Band. This is a valuable opportunity to grow as a musician, meet new friends and rub elbows with some of the best musicians in the world. What’s not to like! Slots for this awesome camp are limited so don’t delay! See you in July at Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Camp!

Application & Audition Guidelines


Choose your instrument and level below. The level you choose should be the level you feel most comfortable playing and will be used for ensemble placement. Recordings do not need to be professional but should be a visual of the student playing. Don’t forget to include your headshot!