Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Youth Jazz Ensemble

The Kimmel Center created the Kimmel Center Youth Jazz Ensemble to cultivate and train gifted young artists, while exposing them to a classic American art form. It is the first regional ensemble originally comprised of middle school students specializing in jazz, and has since expanded to include students up through 10th grade. The ensemble provides gifted young artists a hands-on professional-level musical experience.

Former Kimmel Center Youth Jazz Ensemble students include Justin Faulkner, who is currently the drummer of Branford Marsalis’ Quartet; ensemble members have received admission to prestigious undergraduate programs including those at the Manhattan School of Music, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, New York University, University of the Arts, Temple University and the U.S. Naval Academy, among others.


The Kimmel Center Youth Jazz Ensemble is generously supported by the Barra Foundation and The National Endowment For The Arts.