Jazz

Jazz Intro Lab

This is an instrumental performance program open to all instrumental students. Candidates for this course should be able to play with reasonable competence on one of the following instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, rhythm/lead guitar, bass guitar, piano, or drums. In this course, a foundation in the basic elements and structural features of various styles and periods of jazz (swing, funk, and rock) will be developed, including improvisation. Performances for the Jazz Ensemble will be determined on an annual basis.

Jazz Ensemble

This is an instrumental performance program open to students by audition only. Candidates for this course should be able to accurately play, as well as sight-read one of the following instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, rhythm/lead guitar, piano, string bass/bass guitar, or drums. In this course, the basic elements and structural features of various styles and periods of jazz will be studied, rehearsed and performed. Listening exercises and development of improvisational skills will also be included. Out of school time is required for occasional rehearsals and its traditional performances. In addition to its four major productions annually, the Jazz Ensemble may also participate in festivals and other local performances.

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