The Youth Jazz Ensemble (YJE) features high school jazz musicians from Upstate South Carolina. YJE is directed by GJC Music Director and Co-Founder, Shannon Hoover and a roster of guest clinicians including Dr. Matt Olson, Dr. Tish Oney, Keith Davis, Patrick Lopez, Jorge Garcia, Kevin Korschgen, and more! YJE students receive state-of-the-art jazz education that helps prepare them to attend leading college, university, and conservatory music programs. The major focus is on combos (small groups), which will enhance improvisation and musicianship. Its repertoire is tailored specifically to fit the size and instrumentation of the group, and is chosen for its educational and historical value. Jazz performance is an intricate part of the YJE experience. YJE Combos will perform at least two times during the sessions. 


Contact YJE Director Shannon Hoover for any questions you may have regarding the ensemble: 





Location: First Baptist Greenville Fellowship Hall 

847 Cleveland St, Greenville, SC 29601


*Students will work on jazz standards, with an emphasis in composing and arranging. Students interested in composing are encouraged to bring their own music to this session to work on and perform!  Guest instructors will also share their compositions and discuss composition/arranging techniques. 


The final concert on Monday August 9th will showcase these compositions!


Mondays 5:15pm-730pm

5:15pm-6pm-Jazz Standards

6pm-7:30pm Local Composers


*Final Concert: Monday August 9th, 7pm at First Baptist Church*


Summer YJE Tuition: $175 

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Instruments with all accessories, mask, music stand, pencil, Real Book Volume 1 (6th Ed.), Staff paper  



Audition Material - instructions for auditions will be sent after signing up


Choose a jazz standard: 

*Brass/Woodwinds: melody and solo (one chorus each)

*Guitar / Piano: melody / chords / solo (one chorus each)

*Bass: bassline / solo (one chorus each)

*Voice: jazz standard melody one chorus

*Drumset: Be able to play up to 32 measures each of Swing, Latin, Waltz (in 3), and a popular style of your choice (rock, funk, blues, etc)



Complete and submit the form that appears below.

 A YJE staff member will contact you soon afterwards with a confirmation.

YJE Director, Shannon Hoover

YJE Director, Shannon Hoover

Shannon Hoover:  YJE Director,  Music Director/Co-Founder of the Greenville Jazz Collective



Shannon Hoover, from Greenville SC, plays electric and acoustic bass, piano, and brass. A graduate of Anderson University (SC) in 2004, Shannon has a B.A. in Double Bass Performance (minors in piano and education) and is currently a freelance performer, composer, private instructor, and clinician. He teaches private lessons at Watson-Wood Music in Greenville, SC. He has taught music for over 20 years to students of all ages and levels, including an adjunct position at the university level for 10 years. Shannon is currently on the Artist Roster for SC Arts Commission. 


In addition to countless performances throughout the Carolinas, Shannon has played with Victor Wooten, Glenn Miller Ochestra, Branford Marsalis, Harry Kim, Ike Stubblefield, Kenny Barron, Vincent Gardner, Lizz Wright, Jiggs Whigham, John Ellis, Kobie Watkins, Ron McCurdy, Col. Bruce Hampton, Craig Wagner, Adam Nitti, Justin Stanton, Bob Moses, Ranky Tanky, Chris Vadala, Terreon Gully, Geoff Achison, Buzz Amato, Jeff Sipe, Derek Trucks, Mondre Moffett, Edwin McCain, Delfeayo Marsalis, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Pharez Whitted, Dionne Warwick, Yonrico Scott, Bill Evans, Kofi Burbridge, Chris Bullock, Scotty Anderson, Walter Blanding, Jr., Roy "Futureman" Wooten, Jason Marsalis, Mondre Moffett, and the late great Clarence Clemons.