July 27 - July 31, 2020

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“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 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 at Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Camp!”

– Gordon Goodwin


Application Deadline: June 15, 2020
Age Requirement: 12+

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How to Apply

Step 1:Start Your Application

Term of Entry: Summer Programs
Degree/Program: Summer Programs
Select a Program: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Camp

Create an account on getacceptd.com
Fill in all the general application requirements.

Audition Requirements
Download your instrument specific audition material (below) and start practicing!

Step 2:Upload All Application Requirements

Upload Audition Video
Refer to the section below to find the appropriate charts for your instrument. Choose the level with which you are most comfortable. This video will be used for ensemble placement so should clearly show you playing, but does not need to be professional.

Upload Headshot

Upload Scholarship Essay (Optional):
What are your career goals within the music industry? Why do you feel you should be awarded a scholarship to the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band Camp?
Tell us about you and your work ethic. (Personal statement for purpose of scholarship consideration) There must be a minimum of 250 words for each question.


Step 3:Submit Your Application

After you submit your app, you can expect the review process to take 3-4 weeks. Scholarship information is typically sent out 1-2 weeks after an admissions decision.

After acceptance, all students will receive detailed information about transportation, housing, and program scheduling 30 days before the start of the program.

Application Fee | $40.

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Gordon Goodwin FAQs

In response to circumstances surrounding COVID-19

LACM’s Summer programs are still expected to run on campus this June & July. We did have to push the dates back one week to accommodate changes in our degree seeking summer classes schedule. The Summer team is really looking forward to being back on campus and working with a talented group of Summer Program students. We hope to see you there!

Please reach out to a Summer Admissions Representative for an application fee waiver code.

LACM recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic may prevent the campus from opening in part or in full for the Summer at LACM programs.  LACM commits to the safety of the community first and will issue full refunds to every Summer at LACM participant should it become impossible to hold the program as planned.

Audition Requirements

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!


Camp Tuition

New Student | $1,745
Returning Student | $1,645

Tuition Deposit: $500 (non-refundable)

Full Time Enrollment Tuition Credit
Student will receive a tuition discount if they enroll at LACM as a full time student within two years of attending Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Camp. For more information, please contact an LACM Admissions Representative – [email protected]

Room & Board

Hilton Pasadena
168 South Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

*Breakfast will be provided as well as LACM Shuttle Transportation to and from the Camp daily. 

Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band Camp arranged housing includes hotel room, an onsite nurse, resident advisers, hotel security personnel and 3 meals a day. Roommate selection upon request – not guaranteed. Double Rooms available. After acceptance, all students will receive detailed information about transportation, housing, and program scheduling 30 days before the start of the program. Lunch and Dinner is provided on campus.

Double Occupancy | 2 Students
$1200 per week

Single Occupancy | 1 Student  
$1600 per week

LAX Transportation

Campers can purchase an airport shuttle to and from LAX International Airport. LACM only offers a round trip shuttle. LACM will transport students to LAX on the Sunday before & Saturday after the program. LACM charge is $80.

Pick up: 2pm at LAX, Sunday
Departs Hotel: 10am, Saturday

It is recommended that flights arrive no later than 1pm on Sunday for the shuttle pickup at 2pm. For departures on Saturday, flights should be departing after 1pm. LACM is not responsible for shuttle rides or flights that are missed if these recommendations are not followed. Student will be required to make alternate travel arrangements if conflicts arise. This service is curb pickup and drop off only. Students will be solely responsible for navigating the airport, though LACM staff will assist where possible.

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.

Phat Band Members & Faculty


Eric Marienthal
Sal Lozano
Brian Scanlon
Jeff Driskill
Jay Mason


Wayne Bergeron
Dan Fornero
Dan Savant


Joey DeLeon


Gordon Goodwin


Andy Martin
Charlie Morillas
Francisco Torres
Craig Gosnell


Ray Brinker


Kevin Axt


Andrew Synowiec

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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