There are two Jazz Band opportunities, one in the fall, and one in the spring, both culminating in a concert at the end of the session. Auditions may be required based on the number of interested students to create multiple ensembles. The group is primarily composed of musicians from Wind Ensemble I and Wind Ensemble II. The Jazz Band performs at various events during the school year. The band also regularly performs for school assemblies and other school functions. The Jazz Band is considered a club activity, and therefore no school credits are given.
Eligibility: Members of the Jazz Band must have at least 10 credits of band during the school year in which they intend to participate in the Jazz Band. (Exceptions are only made in the case of incomplete instrumentation) Those who are currently enrolled in Wind Ensemble I or Wind Ensemble II must have an “A” grade in order to participate in the Jazz Band. The Jazz Band rehearses after school on Wednesdays. Note: This is an extra-curricular activity, and there are no credits offered for the Jazz Band.
Play along with these recordings to work on your improvisation skills: