Course Introduction:
This training, reserved for wind section, is entirely dedicated to the practice of the Big Band, through the work of rereading the great currents and arrangers that mark the history of the genre. The aim is also to play these repertoires in front of an audience. Several concerts are organized during the year.

Under the direction of Big Band, Stéphane Guillaume and Claude Egéa invite the musicians to explore two repertoires a year. In previous years, the Big Band has worked on the repertoires of Thelonious Monk, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Bob Mintzer, Bill Hollman, Jaco Pastorius, Gil Evans, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis …


Every Tuesday night from October to June (102 hours), the trainee joins the CMDL class to play in a large jazz orchestra. He is also expected to perform on stage in the evening.

The candidate must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Minimum 7 years of instrumental practice
  • No musical diploma is required.

POSSIBLE OVERRIDE to complete when you register online.

The cost of the training is 1600 euros. However, if you self-finance your training, the CMDL supports you by lowering its costs. The cost is then 1000 euros.

Training Funding Devices:
Although this training is not eligible for the CPF (Personnel Training Account), different financing schemes for vocational training may be requested depending on the personal situation of the trainee (artist-performer, artist-author, job seeker or other). We invite you to contact the AFDAS or the OPCO that your employer depends on. You can also turn to your Region or your Employment Advisor.

As a training partner for cultural, communication, media and leisure professionals, AFDAS offers several financing solutions according to your status (Skills Development Plan, CIF, etc.).

Your region
This territorial authority is mobilized to help young people to train and facilitate their professional integration. Check with your region to find out what aids are in place.

Employment Division
Where existing financing arrangements (those of local authorities, OPCO, etc.) cannot support your training project, partially or fully, Contact your Employment Division advisor to see if you can benefit from an Individual Training Assistance (AIF) that will help finance the educational costs of your training.

  • Registration Starts: December 14, 2023
  • End of entries: May 31, 2024
  • Admission test: early September 2024
  • Results: mid-September 2024



  • 1 photo ID
  • 1 cover letter
  • 1 Curriculum Vitae
  • Viewing links for your video footage (minimum trio): your interpretation of two tracks of your choice

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