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Runere Brooks, Bass

GI Jam: Thursday, June 21, 2018

Runere Brooks  is a 24 year old bass extraordinaire, born and raised in the city of Chicago. He’s been playing bass since the age of 14 and got his start at Thornridge HS under the direction of renouned teacher David Eanes. His main influence was the legendary David Brooks, his father. Since Runere has been playing, he’s played and recorded for many many artists such as: Chantay Savage, Ronnie Laws, Lupe Fiasco, Maurice Brown, Dorinda-Clark Cole, etc...... Runere is currently a band member with "2nd Nature" and "It’s Us" ItzUs just released its first album and is well on their way to many more opportunities. Runere is currently working on his own project and begins recording June 25th.


Bucket Buddies (Ages 5-8)

An introduction to rhythm, notation, and basic percussion techniques. This fun and interactive session is perfect for the future drummer.



Expand your range and increase lip flexibility while building that great brass tone. This session guarantees success for all students.

Woodwind Workout


Increase endurance, articulation, tone quality, and finger technique in a session that is sure to place you at the front of your section.

More Summer Camps

Rhythm Section Camp

A daily course offering reinforcement of fundamentals and technique development. This camp will explore skills associated with reading chord changes, understanding various musical styles, and interpretation.

Writers Workshop with poet, Quentin D. Wright

June 25, 2018-June 28, 2018


Learn creative writing techniques while exploring the depths of your imagination.

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Mario Abney


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

FAT TUESDAYS: Abney Effect Brass Band and Modern New Orleans Jazz Revue.

Fat Tuesdays, Promontory’s monthly New Orleans brass band party, features the best Big Easy music in the world on the first Tuesday of every month for a low $10 entry. Gumbo in the restaurant and classic New Orleans drink, Brugal USA Rum Hurricanes, in the venue make it Mardi Gras twelve months a year in Hyde Park.

We are excited to launch this series with the great MARIO ABNEY

Trumpeter, composer, multi instrumentalist, band leader, master musician and regular on the HBO series Tremé, Mario Abney is coming live and in full effect from the Big Easy to The Promontory with the Abney Effect Brass Band and Modern New Orleans Jazz Revue.

Mario first developed his chops in his hometown Chicago, listening and playing at Fred Anderson's legendary Velvet Lounge. Often compared to the genius of Miles Davis and leadership and insight of Art Blakely, Mario fuses the Art of Jazz music with the soul and freedom of his current home and birth place of the music, New Orleans. Mario Abney and the Abney Effect embody the spirit of New Orleans and instrumental excellence.

Abney has been featured in the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival, the Rochester Jazz Festival, the Saratoga Jazz Festival, and many other prominent music festivals. The HBO star from the series Tremé delivers the experience of a lifetime and brings the spirit of Big Easy right to your soul.

Mario Abney has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Cyril Neville, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Nicholas Payton, and many others. Mario is a nationally recognized musician and independent recording artist and can be seen live in New Orleans and various other venues around the nation.


GI Jam: Kimberly Branch

June 14, 2018 6pm-8pm

Orginally from Ft Lauderdale, FL, Kimberly Branch graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor's in music education and jazz studies. She has a passion for music education and is currently the director of bands at Edison Middle school. Under her direction, her bands have placed first in numerous jazz festivals and at the Crescent Classics in New Orleans. Her band was also selected to perform at the 70th Annual Midwest Clinic and the Illinois Music Education Conference. 

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Jazz.Academy

 Jazz Academy - Summer 

Summer Jazz Academy is a two-week, full-day (8:30am - 5:00pm) intensive camp designed for music students of all levels, ages 10-17.  

Camp runs from Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 27, 2018 - Monday through Friday - at Chicago State University.

In addition, students are exposed to other artistic disciplines, civic engagement, and college and career counseling.  Each day is capped off with a professional performance by guest artists. The program is taught by world-class musicians with goals to help sustain an important art form, provide crucial life skills,and open doors to higher education. 

Questions? Contact

Sarah Pietlicki, Program Manager

Tel. (603) 275.2905 text or call


GI Jams

Every Thursday 6pm-8pm (Food Provided)

The GI Jams are designed to give students a practical and educational platform to harness and develop their individual skills while learning professionalism and performance etiquette while sharing the stage with some of the greatest musicians and educators in the Midwest.

Each week a different professional musician will host the GI Jams. The set-lists are made available one week prior to the GI Jam.  Students may sign up for no more than 2 selections and may add their name as a "Stand BY" on as many selections as they desire.

If you are a professional musician who would like to volunteer at the Griffin Institute by hosting a Jam Session, please contact us at (708) 973-4354 or educate@thegriffininstitute.org

GI JAM: Runere Brooks 6/21/18

GI Spotlight

Our CEO/President is named a Semi-Finalist for the 2017 Grammy Award for Music Educator. Congratulations Dr. Griffin

GI Student, Jamal Cole, inducted into the National Honor Society


On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Jamal received a great honor by being inducted into the National Honor Society. Jamal is a Junior at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, IL. under the musical direction of Valeaka Freeman. We are extremely proud of this phenomenal young man.

Contact Us

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14200 Chicago Rd Unit 117, Dolton, Illinois 60419, United States

(708) 973-4354

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