Stillwater All Stars

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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.


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 Foundation 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 and the Daniel Finn Memorial Scholarship Fund.


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

  • Friday, July 14, 7-8pm (Lake House Bar & Grill, Vallecito, CO)
  • Wednesday, August 2, 7-8pm (Community Concert at Bill Teetzel’s art studio, Dolores, CO)
  • Friday-Sunday, August 4-6 (Telluride Jazz Festival, Telluride, CO) DATES & TIMES TBD (see note below)

NOTE: Telluride Jazz Festival performance dates & times are not finalized. STUDENTS MUST BE AVAILABLE ALL DAY AUGUST 4, 5 and 6. Performance dates & times will be confirmed as soon as the jazz festival schedule is finalized.

Performance attendance policy

Students must attend ALL performances.


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 Stillwater All Stars repertoire will consist of custom-arranged jazz, funk and Latin numbers. Individual parts will be sent to students upon registration. Students are expected to be prepared to play/sing 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.


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 2 performance in Dolores and for 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 Anderson, 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