Welcome to Jazz Orchestra!
Whether this is your first time or another time in Jazz Orchestra, we're going to have a great year! Here is what you can expect from band and expect to do this year.
What do you want out of Jazz Orchestra?
Jazz Orchestra is a home to all sorts of students:
Do you want to get better? It starts with the choice to practice. Not sure what to practice? Ask your teacher!
Main Goals of Jazz Orchestra
Limited Instrumentation of Jazz Ensembles
It is, educationally speaking, not appropriate for jazz ensembles to be what could be considered a "jazz army." In more specific terms, when jazz ensembles become too large, the learning of the individuals, in addition to the academic rigor and musicality of the ensemble are negatively affected. For these reasons, Jazz Workshop and Jazz Orchestra carry an enrollment cap for each instrument as outlined below. The director may at their discretion, choose to deviate from this plan.
Jazz Workshop is open to all 9-12 saxophonists (9 maximum), Trombonists (6 maximum), Trumpeters (6 maximum), Pianists (2 maximum), Guitarists (2 maximum), Bassists (2 maximum), and Drummers (2 maximum). In the event that more students are interested, auditions may be held at the discretion of the director. Previous enrollment in either jazz ensemble does not guarantee continued enrollment--see Audition Information in the band handbook for further details.
Jazz Orchestra is open to all 9-12 students by audition. For winds, a traditional big band instrumentation is sought after as outlined below. Exceptions to this philosophy are at the discretion of the director. Previous enrollment in either jazz ensemble does not guarantee continued enrollment--see Audition Information for further details.
Alto Saxophone - 2
Tenor Saxophone - 2
Baritone Saxophone - 1
Trombone - 4
Trumpet - 4
Non Traditional Jazz Instruments: Flutes, Clarinets, French Horn, etc are accepted at the discretion of the director.
Rhythm Section Instrumentation:
Pianists (2 maximum), Guitarists (2 maximum), Bassists (2 maximum), and drummers (2 maximum).
What does Jazz Orchestra want out of you?
Being in Jazz Orchestra comes with a certain set of responsibilities. Here is why: