SacJEF Launches Instrument Match Program

The Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation (SacJEF) has officially launched its Instrument Match program designed to put instruments into the hands of young students learning to play music, especially jazz. Elementary to high school students in the greater Sacramento area are eligible to apply.

The Foundation accepts donated instruments, assumes any refurbishment costs, and then matches an instrument with an aspiring music student. Over the past year, the SacJEF has collected and refurbished numerous donated instruments, and is now ready to accept student applications. There is no cost to the student to apply for or receive an instrument. The student recipient will own the instrument for as long as they are using it.

The instruments available vary, but are typically those you would find in traditional jazz bands, trumpets, clarinets, banjo’s, trombones etc.

“We’ve received many fine instruments from former musicians who want their trumpet or clarinet to be used and enjoyed by the next generation.” says Leslie Barger, Chair of the program. “We also know that there are many young students who want to play music, but have no way to learn because they cannot rent or buy an instrument. The intention of our program to keep the music alive by filling this gap.”

To Donate an instrument:

Visit and fill out the online form
OR, contact Leslie Barger or Patti Jones through the SacJEF office, at 916-571-5533.
The value of the donated instrument is tax deductible.

To Apply for an Instrument:

Visit and fill out the online form
OR, contact Leslie Barger or Patti Jones through the SacJEF office, at 916-571-5533.

  • The student recipient will own the instrument, and will assume future instrument
  • If the instrument is no longer in use, the Foundation requests that the student return
    the instrument to SacJEF
  • Instruments will be provided based on availability.


Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation – New Name – Same Passion

Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation is the new name of the former Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society Foundation. The foundation is also introducing a new logo and web address –

The mission of the Foundation remains the same — to preserve and promote early jazz music, by supporting the education of current and future generations in the performance of early jazz, and in the history and appreciation of America’s true original art form, and to work collaboratively with other local, regional and national jazz educational organizations to accomplish this mission.

Through donations and endowments, the Foundation sponsors and manages programs such as:

  • The Teagarden Jazz Camp – two one-week annual summer jazz camps
  • Traditional Jazz Youth Band Festival held in partnership with CSUS in February
  • Music Lessons Awards – presented annually to approximately 25 young musicians so they can afford private music lessons with an emphasis on Jazz.
  • TNT – The New Traditionalists, a regional honor band of High School jazz musicians
  • Instrument Match – a program to match donated instruments with youth musicians
  • The Trad Jazz Project – a partnership with local schools to sponsor clinics and music instructors to teach traditional jazz in school band programs.

“We are excited about this new chapter in our Foundation’s history,” states William Au, President of the Board. “We are on solid financial footing and our programs have seen great growth in the last three years. The new name and brand fit with our core mission of passing the torch of jazz music to the next generation.”

An outgrowth of the former Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society, the Foundation formed in 1996 in anticipation of a large donation from a trust to fund the annual Youth Jazz Camp – now known as the Teagarden Jazz Camp. The Society rightly felt that the best way to manage this and other endowments, and to ensure that it was used for the express purpose of youth jazz education, was to create a separate foundation to invest and manage these funds along with other donations. The Foundation established its own board of directors and 501c(3) separate and distinct from the Society.

More than 95% of the donations received by the Foundation are earmarked specifically for one or more of the youth education programs.

For more information on the Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation and its programs, visit