Hire a YLJC combo or an ensemble for your next event! 

This is a WIN-WIN!

Performing live teaches teamwork, responsibility, professionalism, tollerrance, confidence, communication, and much more. YLJC is as much about real-life performance experiences as we are about teaching in the classroom. Performing at your event helps teach our students these practical and priceless life skills.

Why It’s Important!

Beyond formal education and in the tradition of jazz, our founder and artistic director Gilbert Castellanos learned his craft by performing live – “each performance helped me to improve and gave me confidence far beyond just playing my trumpet.” It is with this spirit that YLJC encourages and finds opportunities for its students to perform as much as possible. 

What You Get!

YLJC ensembles perform often, and many students have become seasoned pros! Ensembles have played or opened for The Young Lions Series at Panama 66, Jazz @ The Jacobs, Bayside Summer Nights, Adams Ave. Street Fair, Green Flash Series, Bird Park Summer Concerts, and many private events! Many of our students have been nationally-recognized including Young Arts winners, Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Gen Soloist awards, Downbeat Soloist and Combo awards, and Essentially Ellington Soloist awards. If you’re looking to support jazz education, please consider hiring a YLJC Combo!

100% Of Performance Costs Go Directly Back To YLJC’s Program

The cost of hiring YLJC students varies based on equipment provided, distance travelled, performance time, etc.

Please fill out the form below, and we’ll get back to you to discuss details.

Thank you for helping us keep music education accessible to our youth!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Get Involved?

YLJC is a non-profit organization run by a volunteer board. We are always looking for help from community and parent volunteers. If you are interested in donating your time, please contact us at info@yljc.org. If you have any specific professional skills that you would like to share such as bookkeeping, business law, marketing, fundraising, photography or anything else, please let us know!

Can I Write Off My Donation?

YLJC is a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit and your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. You should consult with your tax adviser or the IRS to determine whether a contribution is deductible.

What Type Of Payment Is Accepted?

We accept donations made by credit card, cash, or check. Details can be found on the "Support Us" page on our website.

Can I Mail A Check?

Yes! Checks can be made out to Young Lions Jazz Conservatory and mailed to 4454 Felton Street, San Diego, CA 92116. Students may also leave checks in the classroom drop box.

Do You Have An Office?

We have a wonderful rehearsal space but unfortunatly we don’t have an office. We have an all volunteer board that work remotely. If you need to talk with us, please email to: info@yljc.org. If it's a more urgent matter, please call 619.214.6436.

What Type Of Instruments Can Be Donated?

YLJC can accept most instruments in working order for a variety of purposes including student use, resale, and classroom use. If you have an instrument you are interested in donating, please see our Donate An Instrument page.

How Much To Hire A Combo?
All monies received from performances go directly to the organization. Cost is determined on a case-by-case basis and depends on travel time, duration of performance, numbers of students in the ensemble, and other considerations. Please contact us if your are interested in hiring one of our student ensembles.
Where Can I Get Merch?

If you'd like to purchase a t-shirt or hoodie, email us at info@yljc.org and we'll arrange payment and pick up.