Students taking this course develop musicianship and specific performance skills through group and individual settings for the study and performance of the varied styles of instrumental jazz. The instruction includes the study of the history, formative, and stylistic elements of jazz. Students develop their creative skills through: improvisation, composition, arranging, performing, listening, and analyzing. Instruction is designed so that students are enabled to connect, examine, imagine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas.
Students are provided with opportunities to experience live performances by professionals during and outside of the school day. Some of time outside of the school day may be scheduled for dress rehearsals and performances. In addition, some public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and music goals. Students must participate in performance opportunities, outside of the school day, that support and extend the learning in the classroom. Student participants must also be receiving instruction in another band or orchestra class offering, at the discretion of the director.
In March of 2012, our four Jazz Bands performed at the Ball State Jazz Festival in Muncie. All four bands won high honors and our Jazz Band I was invited to perform in the evening performance featuring the Ball State Jazz Band.
Jazz Band classes meet typically Monday – Friday from 7am – 7:40am, December – May. Placement auditions are required. Auditions are typically held in the fall.
There is an activity fee for all students enrolled in a jazz band. The money is used for contest entry fees, guest conductors and artists, music rental, etc. The fees are due at the beginning of the Jazz Band season.
All Jazz Band members will be responsible for the purchase of performing attire for the school year. Uniforms for these groups are selected at the beginning of each year by the directors and students. This usually is all black, shirts, pants, shoes, socks for the boys, dress or slacks, blouse and shoes for the girls.
In mid to late March all four Jazz Bands perform at the annual Jazz Expressions concert. This event is usually held in the school auditorium and includes a guest artist.
Jazz ala Mode is an annual event which showcases our Jazz Bands. Jazz a’ la mode is a three night extravaganza in mid-April held in our own band room, dressed up as a vintage intimate night club, featuring our four terrific bands.