Enrollment in either Intermediate Band or Advanced Band is required to be eligible for this class. Students who play a standard jazz instrument (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion, bass) are accepted into this class without an audition process. Previous jazz experience is not required. Students on non-traditional instruments (flute, clarinet, vocal) may be invited by the director as needed for certain pieces.
The focus of this class is on standard American Jazz including big band, swing, dance, Dixieland, and ballad styles. In addition, students will be learning the basics of improvisation. Listening assignments will be required either through CDs or YouTube videos (no cost). Students are expected to have a high level of motivation to learn their parts, have excellent attendance, and be available for extra performances throughout the year. There is no method book required for this class.