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The M-1 Jazz Collective will begin its

5th Season in May, 2024.


The M-1 Jazz Collective’s combustive Jazz engine is built from some of Metro Detroit’s most crank’n musicians and this vehicle of Jazz excellence is driven by its founder and leader, Tim Brennan. 


We will chauffeur you from the classic sounds of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Glenn Miller through to the more modern sounds of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Lennon/McCartney & Stevie Wonder.  As a luxury option, there is the song stylings of Jazz vocalist, Lizzie Grace! Her voice will  transport you to the golden era of Jazz and beyond. 


This ain’t your Grandpa’s ol’ hooptie; so, hang on! Listening to M1JC is a virtual joyride through a Jazzy wonderland. A ride that will surely excite, have you tapp’n your toes and asking us not to hit the brakes!

The M1JC is an 18-20 piece jazz band with vocalist, Lizzie Grace, which performs classic jazz music from the 1930s and 1940s. Many of the groups's musicians are also members of the Ferndale Community Concert Band.

The M1JC has appeared at many Ferndale events such as the Woodward Dream Cruise and the Detroit Contemporary Gallery.

The M-1 Jazz Collective performs at all Ferndale Community Concert Band Concerts, starting at 3 PM in the Ferndale High School Auditorium.

The M-1 Jazz Collective is available to play at local events, weddings, and parties. Please contact Tim Brennan at to hire the band or to learn more about the M-1 Jazz Collective.



Our Band Leader

Tim Brennan is Co-Founder of the Ferndale Community Concert Band and plays a variety of instruments: cornet, French horn, electric bass guitar, percussion, and bagpipes. He conducts the band on occasion throughout the season. He also serves on the Board as Director of Logistics.

Tim served as a military bandsman and held many positions during his career in the U.S. Army & U.S. Army Reserve, retiring in 2014. His career as a music educator was for 34 years in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, and Hamtramck, Michigan. He retired from the Hamtramck Schools in 2016. 

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