You’re in the Band

You're in the Band

The Real Experience of Playing in a Tradition Jazz/Hot Jazz Band

This play-along program (book + two CDs, also available with downloads) gives you the real experience of playing in a Traditional Jazz / Hot Jazz Band along with top experts in the genre. Unlike most other play-along programs available, You’re in the Band offers correct melodies, chords, and tempos that are actually used by bands today, as well as inside tips on what you need to know, like hand signals, intros and endings, and more.

Cynthia Sayer
Cynthia Sayer

You’re in the Band was created and arranged by Cynthia Sayer, a multi-award-winning instrumentalist/vocalist/bandleader who is acclaimed by musicians, critics, and fans alike as one of the top four-string banjoists in the world today.

This book was created, as Sayer states in the introduction, thanks to her students, who asked her to create a program that could give them the experience and fun of playing with other instruments in a band format, without the pressure of a live-gig situation.



  • Classic tunes popularly played in traditional jazz/hot jazz bands
  • Two CDs (or downloads)
  • Each tune in 2 speeds: “Gig Tempo” & Practice Tempo”
  • Playing tips & traditions you should know
  • Lingo & Definitions
  • Lead sheets with lyrics in concert key, B♭, E♭, and bass clef
  • Chord Charts
  • Tune Layouts
  • Also available (downloads only, $9.99 per set): All tracks minus trumpet & all tracks minus banjo


  1. Avalon
  2. Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me
  3. China Boy
  4. Darktown Strutters’ Ball
  5. Down By The Riverside
  6. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
  7. My Gal Sal
  8. Some Of These Days
  9. Take Me Out To The Ball Game
  10. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
  11. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
  12. When The Saints Go Marching In
  13. Whispering


  • Cynthia Sayer – banjo, arrangements
  • Bria Skonberg – trumpet
  • Mike Weatherly – string bass
  • Kevin Dorn – drums

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