SMF Jazz Academy

SMF Jazz Academy


Aaron Jennings, SMF Jazz Academy Manager
Benje Daneman, SMF Jazz Academy Music Director
Reagan Raffaele, SMF Jazz Academy Program Assistant

SMF Jazz Academy is a year-long after-school jazz program that aims to empower the whole student by instilling life-long skills of academic, social, and musical achievement. SMF Jazz Academy is completely free to all Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) students in grades 5 through 12 and open to ALL music levels.


SMF Jazz Academy is held at the School of Humanities at Juliette Gordon Low Elementary and the Salvation Army Community Center. We are grateful for our partnership with SCCPSS, 21st Century Learning Centers, and the Salvation Army!

Have questions? Check out our FAQ page.

Savannah Music Festival provides SMF Jazz Academy at no cost to participants through the generous support of donors and sponsors. Thank you! 

SMF Jazz Academy’s founding sponsors are Ron & Susan Whitaker.

Major investment in Savannah Music Festival’s SMF Jazz Academy is provided by Savannah-Chatham County Public School System and Ron & Susan Whitaker.

SMF Jazz Academy is sponsored by the City of Savannah, Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, and May Wall, Walter Lynch & May Li Wall Lynch.

SMF Jazz Academy is sponsored in part by the Walter G. Canipe Foundation, Marla & Morris Geffen, Kiwanis Club of Skidaway, Kole Management Company, and The Mockingbird Foundation.

Partial support for SMF Jazz Academy is provided by The Arts Ashore Legacy Fund of the Savannah Community Foundation, Find Your Light Foundation, Georgia Council for the Arts, Hodge Foundation, Vicki & Jerry McElreath, Mrs. Ellen O’Bannon, and Publix Super Markets Charities.

Additional support comes from Classics for Kids Foundation, Christine Collins & Marc Carignan, D’Addario Foundation, Mimi, Joe & Parnell Krupp, Amanda Montford, and Betty Trautwein, in memory of Bill Trautwein.

Updated 12.21.2022