Jeff Antoniuk – Coach and Moderator
Jeff Antoniuk is the founder and operator of Jazz Band Masterclass in the DC/VA/MD area. Since it’s inception almost 15 years ago, Jazz Band Masterclass has served over 450 adult students, and many more in it’s sister summer jazz camp, Maryland Summer Jazz. A beloved educator and inspirational presence in the mid-Atlantic jazz scene, Jeff has created numerous spaces for jazz students of all ages and from all walks of life to embrace jazz and improvisation, and to add value and deeper meaning to their lives.
Jeff has led well over 2,500 ensemble classes through Jazz Band Masterclass over the years, all jazz small groups of ﬁve to seven adult players. His business now operates 15 JBM groups, all of which meet twice a month. The average stay of a student in his business is four years, and many students have been with Jeff for well over ten years. Jazz Band Masterclass creates an incredibly stable experience for his students, and an incredibly stable and long term steam of income for Jeff and his business.
Jeff Antoniuk has also served as adjunct faculty at both Towson University (MD) and Luther College (IA). A Master Teaching artist through Washington Performing Arts, Jeff spent 20 years working as an artist in residence in DC Public Schools, under the auspices of the Capital Jazz Project and Jazz At Lincoln Center. He has also acted as an adjudicator, guest conductor and soloist for various regional and state band competitions in both the USA and Canada.
Jeff worked for four years as an artist in residence for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a past recipient of the coveted Canada Council “B” Grant. He has lent his expertise in professional development training sessions for organizations as varied as DC Public Schools Department of Music, the University Of North Texas, and the White House.
As a performer and composer, Jeff Antoniuk has been writing, playing and recording for over 30 years. Both of his recordings with The Jazz Update band were “Jazz Top 40” airplay CD’s, and his most recent recording with The MARS 4-tet was released on the Grammy winning Summit Records label in 2014. He has performed across the United States and in his native Canada, and has amassed both critical and public acclaim for his writing and his playing.
“Antoniuk . . . will bear comparison with the best saxophone playing anywhere, anytime.”
“A creative spark the never lets up.”
“Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update have proven themselves to be a quartet to be reckoned with. They unleash their mastery over 10 songs that will leave your searching for their ﬁrst album, Here Today, in an effort to buy everything they have on the shelves.”
Who We Have Trained – New Businesses Started Through Jazz Teacher Training
We have a number of great adult jazz education businesses that were started DURING the Jazz Teacher Training process. These are professional musicians like you who had their businesses up and running by the end of four months of training!
Paul Bangser (jazz guitarist and teacher in Bethesda, MD)
Jazz Lab Bethesda
Russ Nolan (saxophonist, Downbeat Rising Star, and teacher in New York City)
Jazz Lab NY
Jazz Band Masterclass – What The Students Have To Say
“Jazz Band Masterclass is one of the most rewarding learning experiences in my life. It is something I’ve looked forward to for 6+ years.”
University of Maryland, Catonsville, MD (and jazz sax player)
“The opportunities to be in musical environments such as Jazz Band Masterclass has provided a valued direction to my life . . . especially at my age. The enjoyment of playing music with a purpose is now my world. Thanks again for helping to get it started.”
Professional Risk Management Inc. (and jazz piano player)
“If you want to become a regular gig-ready jazz musician, you have to study and learn from the best. Jazz Band Masterclass has transformed my playing and gotten me there.”
Research and Regulatory, FDA (and jazz drummer)
“The JBM AUDITION GROUP has given me an opportunity to play challenging music in a group with some like-minded, very talented musicians. This is the jazz performance education I always wanted, but had to put on hold to go to medical school.”
Neurologist, Washington Hospital Center (and jazz sax player)
“I have played classical music for many years. I had always wanted to try playing jazz but was afraid of improvisation. Jeff is a great teacher who expertly introduced me to jazz improvisation and technique. The entire JBM community is incredibly supportive and a lot of fun to play and learn music with.”
Chief Scientiﬁc Ofﬁcer, Blue Prairie Brands, LLC (and jazz ﬂute player)
“Very knowledgeable and helpful instructors who can play, teach, and foster an uplifting environment and experience. Learning takes place at both the individual and group levels, where musicians are encouraged to further develop their own style, vocabulary and knowledge of the music in a practical manner that prepares you for and leads to live group performances. Jazz Band Masterclass is a great experience!”
Patent Attorney, Washington DC (and jazz drummer)