“Jazz in the Bighorns” Workshop

The SC Jazz Studies program has enjoyed a great deal of growth in the last two years.  In order to build upon this momentum, Sheridan College Director of Bands and Jazz studies Dr. Eric Richards developed a workshop “Sheridan College JAZZ IN THE BIGHORNS”, using the Spear-O Wigwam mountain campus to offer a five-day summer residential jazz camp for high school juniors, seniors, and music educators. Sheridan College Foundation donors helped fund the workshop with an Opportunity Grant.

A unique feature of the workshop was its location. The Spear-O Wigwam mountain campus, located 30 miles from Sheridan in the Big Horn Mountains, has no cellular reception and thus allows the attendees to completely focus on their music in a beautiful, natural setting. The workshop concluded with a concert on the final night demonstrating the performance skills that were developed.

The “Jazz in the Bighorns” workshop was well-attended with twelve students and six music educators making beautiful music in a majestic setting.  Dr. Richards was very pleased with the outcome and plans to make it an annual event.