Expectations & Auditions
Performance & Class Schedule - Descriptions
** Jazz Ensemble I will be the default Region/State, and other Festivals Performing ensemble.
* PARTY BAND - party band is required for all band members - football party band requirements are for 4 total games, basketball party band the requirement is 4 total games (each boys and girls game counts for 1 game each).
What makes Jazz different than other band classes?
Technical development - Students will be expected to become a ''student of jazz". Listening, transcribing, performing, soloing, and exploring all areas of jazz. Along with becoming a "student of jazz", students will be expected to develop and maintain understanding in jazz scales (dorian, blues, major, pentatonic), and jazz styles (swing, funk, various latin styles, some rock, and jazz ballad's), and improvisation (through practice and performances of improvised solo's, whether in class or for concert performances). Students will be expected to spend the necessary time on their instruments to have a solid grasp in this genre of music. Kit players - will be expected to develop and maintain understanding of jazz drumming styles (basic to advanced swing, latin, funk and others), along with solid rhythm section playing and listening.
Participation - to be considered for Varsity Jazz, students must also be registered and participate with their respective concert band/percussion ensemble class. There are a few exceptions to this rule: (1) Bass - it is expected that stand up bass/electric bass either take private lessons or participate on Bass in the school orchestra or wind ensemble; (2) Guitar - it is encouraged that guitar players be involved in private lessons where Jazz voicings can be discussed and practiced, (3) Piano - it is encouraged that students be either taking private piano lessons with jazz piano instruction if possible. All other performers must also participate in their respective band classes.
Performances - Varsity jazz will be performing various times throughout the year (see calendar for details), at the very least they will perform once (1x) each term in the jazz & percussion concerts through the school, region and state jazz (when invited) festivals, WSU jazz festival, and occasional combo gigs (around FAF, and other holiday events throughout the year).
2023-24 Seating Results
Rhythm Section -
Winds - these auditions will take place the first two weeks of the new school year.
Jazz Solo Play along tracks