The Bend Student Jazz & Funk Ensemble (COMBO)!
Directed By Georges Bouhey
The BEND Student Jazz & Funk Ensemble
Riverhouse On The Deschutes 2018
"In 2012 I started the first "Combo" so that my drum and piano students could use the music they were learning to play together.
Within a few short months students of all ages and instrumentation and their parents started showing up one at a time-at my gigs to sit-in with me. Then,...the parents & families started getting together and bringing groups of 3 or 4 of their students---and staying for the show.
Before long I was counting off the tunes and getting out of the way because the students were crowding me off the stage! And the "kids" could handle it by themselves."--Georges
In 2013 we kicked off the first of "Bend Broadband's Music Education Workshops at The Oxford" with the original Bend Student Jazz & Funk Ensemble performing and backing the Mel Brown Quartet!
Winter Combo Registration
Call Georges 541-771-8916
All Instruments Welcome!
The "Combo" Has Worked With Many Of The World's Top Jazz Artists Including...
T.S. Monk-Peter Erskine-Bernard Purdie
Regina Carter-Javon Jackson-Randy Brecker
Les McCann-Reggie Houston-Arturo O'Farrell Paul Taylor-Tom Scott-Kat Edmonson
The Brubeck Brothers
Opening For Regina Carter In 2018
2019 COMBO GRAD'S PLAY JAZZ IN COLLEGE...and join an impressive group of "Combo Alumni".
It is with great pleasure that I congratulate these outstanding young musicians and Combo graduates who are now freshmen!
Logan Anderson/Drums at PSU
Andrew Kropp/Drums at Willamette
Gabe Ditmore/Alto Sax at Seattle U
Evan Yarmo/Guitar at Lewis & Clark
And it's really nice when previous Combo members and students like Kelly (U of O), Rylee (U of O) & Christian (U of Miami) are home for the Summer and come by to play some Jazz.
The Original "Combo" With Mel Brown In 2013
The Combo Is Available For Workshops, Festivals, Camps, Clinics, Special & Holiday Events!
"LET'S GET YOUNG PEOPLE PLAYING MUSIC,"
I'm an independent musician, producer and creative type living and making music in beautiful Bend, Oregon...home of Jazz In The Desert.
A large part of my mission is to foster the growth of young Jazz musicians... and to encourage others to do the same.
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