My career and training, until fairly recently has consisted entirely of work in the area of "classical" music, specifically orchestral music as both an instrumentalist and as a conductor. A few years ago, I was given the responsibility of directing Albion College's Jazz Ensemble and more recently teaching jazz improvisation and directing jazz composition projects. These are areas that I have been interested in for some time but have not had the opportunity to study. I have done this work in the jazz area based entirely on my experience and training as a classical musician. I have come to realize that the approach to the traditional performance and composition of classical music is quite different from the performance and composition of jazz. This project would involve my first formal training in jazz performance on string bass and jazz composition by way of regular, individual lessons, the recording of a CD of original jazz compositions of which I would serve as the executive producer and co-artistic director for the entire project, contributor of several compositions, and performance of the music of that CD through live performances at GLCA institutions. The performance medium would be a jazz quintet that I currently perform with which is based at Hillsdale College and is made up of jazz instructors from Hillsdale, Olivet College and Lansing Community College.