The AAMI Youth Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Howard Alexander III, engages with students who demonstrate a basic knowledge of their instrument. Youth are invited to become part of a fun-filled group that performs different styles of Jazz. Once together, students and instructors begin a bonding process that is almost immediate. Students encourage each other and work toward common musical and performance goals. AAMI offers students and the community a rich experience that is educational, entertaining, and marketable.