GJC Director Matt Dingledine talks to the 8th grade IB students at Woodmont Middle School about being a professional musician.

GJC Director Matt Dingledine talks to the 8th grade IB students at Woodmont Middle School about being a professional musician.

The Greenville Jazz Collective's mission is to create awareness and foster appreciation through the community through regular performance in a listening environment and education outreach in the community.  

Through our educational arm, our goal is to visit every public middle school in Greenville County by the 2018-2019 school year, and to continue our visits to college music programs.  School visits are free of charge to Greenville County Schools and include a variety of features from general presentations by the JazzEd ensemble, to band masterclasses, and workshops, as well as essay competitions and visual arts collaborations.  


A top priority for the GJC is to connect with kids of all ages, and the need a for robust arts education is unequivocal across research domains.  We hope to augment the arts programs at area schools, while also encouraging students to listen to and take an interest in jazz.

Jazz education is important because of the qualities that are unique to jazz: a truly American art form with a history that tells the American experience, especially in the 20th century; the importance of individuality of each person’s voice, as found in democracy and a free society; and the ability to communicate and interact with multiple people simultaneously. 

GJC Music Director and bassist Shannon Hoover plays with Band Director Jake Mitchell at Northwest Middle, as Director of Jazz at Furman Universtiy and saxophonist, Dr. Matt Olson, listens.

GJC Music Director and bassist Shannon Hoover plays with Band Director Jake Mitchell at Northwest Middle, as Director of Jazz at Furman Universtiy and saxophonist, Dr. Matt Olson, listens.

This program is funded in part by the Metropolitan Art Council which receives support from the City of Greenville, BMW Manufacturing Company, Michelin North America, Inc., SEW Eurodrive, and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

This program is funded in part by the Metropolitan Art Council which receives support from the City of Greenville, BMW Manufacturing Company, Michelin North America, Inc., SEW Eurodrive, and the South Carolina Arts Commission.