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The Monday Night Band at SFJAZZ provides musicians of all ages (older teens through seasoned adults) with a structured approach to learning and interpreting diverse repertoire in a hip community band setting. Open by audition to intermediate/advanced level instrumentalists and vocalists, this ensemble will introduce participants to various styles and genres of jazz while developing a performance-ready program. The band is directed by acclaimed Bay Area musician, composer, and bandleader Adam Theis.

Upcoming Sessions

FALL 2019 SESSION (12 WEEKS)
SEP 16-DEC 9 (MONDAYS) • 7-9:30PM JHL
$400 MEMBERS | $450 PUBLIC

SPRING 2020 SESSION (12 WEEKS)
FEB 17-MAY 11 (MONDAYS) • 7-9:30PM JHL
$400 MEMBERS | $450 PUBLIC

2019–20 CONCERT SCHEDULE

DEC 9 | Fall Showcase Concert

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MAY 11 | Spring Showcase Concert

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monday night band members:

  • Workshop, perform, and record original compositions and arrangements
  • Work with pro clinicians
  • Play for a 600+ audience in the renowned Miner Auditorium
  • Record live in the Joe Henderson Lab
  • Network and build relationships with fellow Bay Area musicians
  • Participate in community outreach
  • Earn credit toward professional development

2019–20 CONCERT SCHEDULE

DEC 9 | Fall Showcase Concert

Buy Tickets

MAY 11 | Spring Showcase Concert

Buy Tickets


monday night band members:

  • Workshop, perform, and record original compositions and arrangements
  • Work with pro clinicians
  • Play for a 600+ audience in the renowned Miner Auditorium
  • Record live in the Joe Henderson Lab
  • Network and build relationships with fellow Bay Area musicians
  • Participate in community outreach
  • Earn credit toward professional development

Adam Theis, Director

Bandleader, composer, performer, and producer Adam Theis plays trombone, bass, trumpet, tuba, and keys, among other instruments, and has been an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene for twenty years. After studying with Mel Graves, Jon English, and Wayne Wallace, Adam graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Jazz Composition & Performance. In 1998 he moved to San Francisco and began founding the San Francisco Jazz mafia, which now consists of Realistic Orchestra, The Shotgun Wedding Quintet, The Jazz Mafia Symphony, Jazz Mafia String Quartet, Adam Theis & Subharmonic, and many other projects. In 2013, Adam moved from his longtime base in the Mission to the East Bay, where he and other members of Jazz Mafia play, produce, and record.

Theis has produced and co-written music for notable artists such as Lyrics Born, Zion-I, Rebelution, Latyrx, Galactic, Ledesi, and Blackalicious. As a sideman, Adam and his horn section have created eclectic collaborations with a wide range of top level artists including Bobby McFerrin, Roy Ayers, Booker T. Jones, Spearhead, Zigaboo Modeliste, Zap Mama, and Eric Lindell. 

As an educator, Adam has always been heavily involved in connecting with youth. He has run the Truckee Jazz Camp for over a decade, now with over 100 students. Adam has helped bring education programs to Harlem School of the Arts, Stern Grove, and numerous other venues where his Orchestras have performed. Adam has been featured as artist in residence at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Cal Poly, and Los Medanos College, and has been a recipient of the Gerbode-Hewlett Foundation’s “Emerging Composer” Grant.

Adam Theis, Director

Bandleader, composer, performer, and producer Adam Theis plays trombone, bass, trumpet, tuba, and keys, among other instruments, and has been an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene for twenty years. After studying with Mel Graves, Jon English, and Wayne Wallace, Adam graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Jazz Composition & Performance. In 1998 he moved to San Francisco and began founding the San Francisco Jazz mafia, which now consists of Realistic Orchestra, The Shotgun Wedding Quintet, The Jazz Mafia Symphony, Jazz Mafia String Quartet, Adam Theis & Subharmonic, and many other projects. In 2013, Adam moved from his longtime base in the Mission to the East Bay, where he and other members of Jazz Mafia play, produce, and record.

Theis has produced and co-written music for notable artists such as Lyrics Born, Zion-I, Rebelution, Latyrx, Galactic, Ledesi, and Blackalicious. As a sideman, Adam and his horn section have created eclectic collaborations with a wide range of top level artists including Bobby McFerrin, Roy Ayers, Booker T. Jones, Spearhead, Zigaboo Modeliste, Zap Mama, and Eric Lindell. 

As an educator, Adam has always been heavily involved in connecting with youth. He has run the Truckee Jazz Camp for over a decade, now with over 100 students. Adam has helped bring education programs to Harlem School of the Arts, Stern Grove, and numerous other venues where his Orchestras have performed. Adam has been featured as artist in residence at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Cal Poly, and Los Medanos College, and has been a recipient of the Gerbode-Hewlett Foundation’s “Emerging Composer” Grant.

Watch & Listen

Monday Night Band

Deed I Do

Monday Night Band

Deed I Do