Trumpeter and CJC Alum, Jason Klobnak
CJC alum, Jason Klobnak is a trumpeter living in Denver, Colorado who will be performing twice in Des Moines in August of 2013 (see the CJC Calendar for details). Following is an email that he recently sent about his experience with CJC jam sessions:
My experience with Des Moines Community Jazz Center (CJC) is one that I will never forget because it helped set my future on a solid foundation. At the time, I did not fully understand the value that CJC provided. Not only was it a great place to meet other like-‐minded jazz musicians my age, but also laid a theory foundation that made getting a music degree much less stressful then what it could have been.
I started with the CJC in Susie Miget’s Creative Music studio when I was in middle school. I quickly
became involved in the Sunday jam sessions at Java Joes as well as other community and school related events. Between Susie’s theory classes, combos and the jam sessions I was given an opportunity to build the “house” of my musical career. Much like architecture; if you do not have solid foundation to build from-‐your house will crumble in time. Those theory classes taught me the inner workings of music. Why things worked the way they did.Then the combos and jam sessions were the real world applications.
I continued on through college at Drake University and my Master’s at the University of Denver. As a full time musician in the Denver, CO area I still remember those classes, relationships built and lessons learned. I believe every community can model off of what CJC is doing!