This program is entirely dedicated to the practice of the Big Band, through the study of the genre, under the direction of Stéphane Guillaume and Claude Egéa. The objective is also to play these repertoires live. Several concerts will be organized as part of this training.

In previous years, the Big Band has been working on the repertoires of:

  • Thelonious Monk and Pat Metheny (2019-2020)
  • Count Basie and Herbie Hancock (2018-2019)
  • Duke Ellington and Bob Mintzer (2017-2018)
  • Bill Hollman and Jaco Pastorius (2016-2017)
  • Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, then Gil Evans (2015-2016)
  • Count Basie and Duke Ellington (2014-2015)

The training takes place every Tuesday evening, from October to June. – 102h

The candidate must :

  • Be at least 18 years old*
  • Have at least 7 years of instrumental practice*
  • No musical diploma is required
  • Training for wind instrument only

*the candidate is allowed to fill a derogation request during your online application.

Annual tuition fees: 1500 euros.

But if you use a personal fund to finance your studies, the CMDL gives you financial support by lowering the tuition fees to 1000 euros a year.

Depending on the personal situation of the trainee (performer, artist-author, job seeker or others) various funding bodies for continuing education can be contacted. We invite you to inquire directly with the AFDAS or the OPCO on which your employer depends. You can also turn to your Region or your Pôle Emploi advisor.

The Afdas
As a training partner for culture, communication, media and leisure professionals, AFDAS offers several financing solutions depending on your status (Skills development plan, CIF, etc.).

Your region
This local authority is mobilized to help young people to train and facilitate their professional integration. Check with your region to find out about the support systems in place.

Pôle Emploi
When the existing funding mechanisms (those of local authorities, OPCOs, etc.) cannot partially or fully support your training project, contact your Pôle Emploi advisor to see if you can benefit from individual assistance. training (AIF) which will help finance the educational costs of your training.

Application : December 15th, 2020

Application deadline : May 31st, 2021

Admission test : September 2021

Results: September 2021



  • 1 copy of your ID card (both sides)
  • 1 Cover letter
  • 1 Curriculum Vitae
  • The links of your video recordings (at least in trio): your interpretation of two pieces of your choice

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