Las Vegas Academy of the Arts

                               World Jazz Studies

About us


The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts

We are a public, magnet school that provides students with a twofold emphasis on academics and the arts.

LVA has received twelve GRAMMY Signature School Awards, an honor unparalleled by any other high school in the nation

  • LVA was named a National Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America in 2017
  • LVA was named a 2016-18 Exemplary Arts School by the Arts School Network, the nation's largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools
  • LVA received the 2014 Grammy Signature Gold status for outstanding accomplishments in the Fine Arts
  • U.S. News and World Report recognizes LVA as one of America's top high schools, awarding the school a Silver rating

The World Jazz Studies program

The World Jazz Studies Program is under the direction of Patrick Bowen and Cecil Myers. We are committed to inspiring creative minds in the field of America’s true art form, Jazz. Students undergo a rigorous and competitive audition process in order to be admitted into Las Vegas Academy and to be placed into the appropriate band. The Jazz program has three big bands and offers elective classes in Advanced Instrumental Studies. Students are exposed to world class jazz artists and clinicians including Randy Brecker, Jeff Hamilton, Peter Erskine, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Jimmy Cobb, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Marlena Shaw, Chris Potter, Louie Bellson, Mike Tomaro, Ndugu Chancler, Clint Holmes, George Garzone, and many more.

LVA World Jazz Studies Awards

  • 13 DownBeat Awards since 2002 in categories such as Large Jazz Ensemble (2015), Latin Ensemble (2014), Blues Band (2013), Small Jazz Combo (2013), and Soloist Award (2012)
  • Performed at 2009 & 2016 Monterey Jazz Festival
  • 10-time finalist at Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival since 2002
  • 'Best in State' at the Reno Jazz Festival every year in attendance
  • Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival - Best in Class for Big Band and Combo
  • Invitations to perform at the 2009 & 2014 Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference; Brandon Jazz Festival; Jazz Education Network Conference; and International Association of Jazz Educators Conference


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Las Vegas Academy of the Arts JAZZ

315 South 7th Street

Las Vegas, NV  89101

702-799-7800 ext 4051


Patrick Bowen - Director


Cecil Myers - Assistant Director


Sue Mirman- Instructional Assistant