Stillwater All Stars

Stillwater All Stars

Summer Touring Band


The Stillwater All Stars band is a select group of students playing alongside Stillwater faculty members under the direction of Evan Suiter and Steve Dejka. This group tours and gigs during the summer months in the Four Corners Area. This summer the All Stars will have several performances in Durango and Dolores, and will once again perform on the main stage at the Telluride Jazz Festival in early August.

The group will rehearse to prepare a 1-hour set of jazz, funk and Latin tunes. In addition to the experience of rehearsing and performing as a professional-level touring band with Stillwater faculty mentors, students in the band will receive a 3-day weekend pass to the Telluride Jazz Festival, including back-stage passes and the opportunity to see and hear top-caliber jazz musicians play world class music.

Tuition for the 2017 Stillwater All Stars is $395.



Rehearsals are Mondays & Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:25pm, June 5 - Aug.10 (no rehearsals the week of July 3).

Rehearsal attendance policy

  • Attendance at rehearsals is highly important. No more than four (4) rehearsal absences are allowed. All rehearsal absences must be cleared with the instructor in advance.
  • Students are expected to arrive early and to be ready to begin rehearsing (tuned up, warmed up, etc.) at the start of rehearsal.
  • Students who do not follow the rehearsal policy may be dismissed from the program.


The Stillwater All Stars repertoire will consist of custom-arranged jazz, funk, Latin and hip-hop inspired numbers. Here is a set list along with links to representative recordings on YouTube:

Individual parts will be sent to students upon registration. Students are expected to be prepared to play their parts at the first week’s rehearsals. If you would like guidance regarding joining the All Stars, and/or you would like more information about the repertoire prior to registering, please contact Evan Suiter.


The Stillwater All Stars is an advanced band class. Registration is open to new and returning students. New students are encouraged to contact Evan Suiter to determine suitability for this class. Acceptance into the Stillwater All Stars band is based on preparation, performance ability and professional conduct.



The following performances have been scheduled - more performances are being negotiated:

  • Monday, June 12, 2:45pm
    • Opening for Kirk James Blues Band @ Ride the Rockies community event - Buckley Park, Durango
  • Friday, July 14, 7:00pm
    • Lake House Bar & Grill, Vallecito, CO
  • Wednesday, July 26, 5:00pm
    • Benefit for Stillwater Music - Rochester Secret Garden, Durango
  • Friday, August 4, 12:00pm and 2:10pm
    • Telluride Jazz Festival - Telluride, CO (12:00 @ Elks Stage, 2:10 on the main stage)

Performance attendance policy

Students must attend ALL performances.


Partial or full scholarships are available for youth students with financial need. Scholarships may be used for classes and/or private lessons through Stillwater. Stillwater Music uses federal free and reduced lunch income guidelines to determine scholarship eligibility and award levels. In addition, Stillwater offers partial or full scholarships for at-risk youth and for developmentally disabled adults. For more information about scholarships please contact Steve Dejka, Music Director (contact information is below).

Scholarships are awarded per term: Winter/Spring term (January-May), Summer term (June-August) and Fall term (September-December).

Download the Scholarship Application Form.

Deadlines for submitting Scholarship Applications (by term):

  • Winter/Spring term: December 1
  • Summer term: May 1
  • Fall term: August 1

For more information, please contact Steve Dejka, Music Director, at (970) 769-0171 or

Youth scholarships are made possible by Durango Friends of the Arts, First United Methodist Church and the Daniel Finn Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Families of participating students are responsible for:
  • Coordinating travel to all performances (i.e. carpooling, driving etc)
  • Food
  • Overnight accommodations
    • Options that families can explore include various hotels and camping options in and around Dolores and Telluride.
    • We are working on several lodging options for the August 4 performances at the Telluride Jazz Festivael weekend. We will keep you posted as we find out any information
  • Making sure student arrives prepared with personal instruments and sheet music
  • Supervision between performances (Stillwater faculty will not be responsible for supervising students during the tour except for the times that the students are performing.)

2016 All Stars (l to r): Warner Becher, Catelynn Anderson, Holden Becher, Ella Gavlinski, Jared Wright (faculty), Jade Robbins, Ryan McCurry (faculty), Steve Dejka (faculty), Jem van Tyn, Evan Suiter (faculty), Bailey Barnes-Fagg (faculty), Jeroen van Tyn (faculty), Clay Lowder (faculty), Julia Petty