This course focuses on the study and performance of big band jazz and combo literature. Historical and cultural aspects are studied in correlation with the many genres of jazz music. Advanced musicianship skills including scale studies, chord structures, and practical arranging concepts are reviewed and emphasized. Grading for Jazz Band includes participation in some night and weekend practices and performances, as well as some travel. Students must provide their own instruments and equipment or make arrangements with the instructor to use school equipment if available.
Students enrolled in Jazz Band must also enroll in Concert Band (exception for seniors only)
- Successful middle school wind or rhythm section experience and audition or
- Successful completion of Jazz Band or
- Director’s permission
Course Fee: $50*