Jazz summer course with Halewynstichting

Summer course Big Band in Dworp

From 25 July till 31 July 2022, Halewynstichting vzw and Brussels Jazz Orchestra joined forces once again for the big band course in Destelheide, Dworp.

Since 1951, the Halewynstichting has organised music workshops and training courses inviting both young and old to explore an extremely wide range of areas of music. More than 200 top teachers from Belgium and beyond have been involved in the courses on offer.

Together with Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Halewynstiching is adding the big band repertoire to its list, so that everyone can get to know this distinctive jazz style. In addition, this jazz course will help big band music to continue to be a thriving part of the music scene, and increase familiarity with the genre among both the general public and jazz adepts alike.

Concert on Saturday 30 July

On Saturday 30 July, a closing concert was held in hall De Put (Destelheide). At 7.30pm, a few combos gave the best of themselves, followed by the big band formed by the participants of the course. 


More info about the course

Big Band

The Halewynstichting summer jazz course will be expanded to include the 'Big Band' component, expertly taught and led by Brussels Jazz Orchestra. Interested participants can choose between two 'Big Band Options' when they register:

1) 'Big Band' Full Option

This option includes the full 7-day course, including a big band programme during the afternoon. The first day will begin at 11:00 with a welcome and orientation.

08.30-09.00: breakfast

09.00-10.30: instrumental/vocal instruction (from day 2)

10.30-11.00: break

11.00-12.30: instrumental/vocal instruction (from day 2)

12.30-13.00: lunch

13.00-14.00: break

14.00-15.30: sectional rehearsals (woodwinds/brass/rhythm section)

15.30-16.00: break

16.00-18.00: big band rehearsal (on the first day: instrumental/vocal instruction)

18.00-19.00: dinner and break

19.00-20.00: 2nd big band rehearsal or theory for beginners

20.00-21.00: 2nd big band rehearsal or advanced theory

21.00-22.00: extra workshops (4 evenings)

19.00-00.00: jam session

2) Big Band

This option does not involve room and board, and only includes participation in the sessions after 2.00 pm.

14.00-15.30: sectional rehearsals (woodwinds/brass/rhythm section)

15.30-16.00: break

16.00-18.00: big band rehearsal (first day: instrumental/vocal instruction)

18.00-19.00: dinner and break

19.00-21.00: 2nd big band rehearsal


During the sectional rehearsals, you'll work on your section's repertoire - only woodwinds, brass, or percussions - in small groups, inspiringly led by members of Brussels Jazz Orchestra.

During the big band rehearsals everyone will work together on repertoire already rehearsed in the sectionals. 

Workshops & jam sessions

You can choose from a variety of evening activities including workshops, an extra big band rehearsal or jam sessions.


At the end of the course, the big band will perform two concerts of the repertoire they have learned.

The course takes place in Destelheide, Dworp.