This is a music performance class with several goals: introduction of basic jazz techniques, including improvisation, and performance of standard Jazz/Big Band repertoire. Other performance styles explored will range from swing and bebop to fusion, and rock. The ensemble will consist of standard Big Band instrumentation: alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, trumpets, trombones, guitar, bass, piano, and drums. The ensemble will not only perform home concerts, but also perform at school rallies, athletic events, community functions, and concert festivals. As per the grading policy, members are required to attend all performances. Membership in this ensemble is by audition and instructor approval. Members of this ensemble must be concurrently enrolled in the Concert/Marching Band (piano, guitar, and bass players may be exempted at the discretion of the director).
Audition with instructor; concurrent enrollment in Concert/Marching Band is required for brass, percussion, and woodwind players.