Triangle Youth Jazz Band

Auditions for our jazz ensembles has occurred. Congratulations to the musicians who made TYJB!Visit the PA Portal to learn more.

Overview of Participation in the Triangle Youth Jazz Band

The Triangle Youth Jazz Band (TYJB) is an intermediate level ensemble, typically comprised of middle school students. TYJB is for musicians who want to develop the skills to perform the best of big band jazz in a professional setting and to audition successfully for our more advanced ensembles.

Application Process

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Kobie Watkins, Triangle Youth Jazz Band Conductor

Kobie Watkins

Mr. Watkins has a well establish international career as a jazz drummer having played with some of the top artists in the field including Branford Marsalis, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, and Jim Hall, as well as extensive touring with Kurt Elling (2005 – 2014) and Sonny Rollins (2006 – 2012).

He is a graduate of the VanderCook College of Music and Northwestern University School of Music. Mr. Watkins is also highly sought as both an instrumental and ensemble teacher. He has worked for the Ravinia Festival School Jazz Scholar Program, Chicago State University, ArtsWest Performing and Visual Arts School, Brigham Young University – Idaho and Hall International Academy among others. He has also given jazz clinics and master classes locally at Sharp Nine, University of North Carolina Jazz Camp, St. Mary Magdalene School, Cary Academy, and Broughton High.