The Jazz Band is open to all students grades 9 through 12 by audition only, and is a performing ensemble. Music from the early swing period of the 1930's to contemporary jazz will be studied and performed. Students will be expected to learn many different styles related to, but not limited to, jazz, rock, Latin, swing, etc. This class also focuses on improvisation skills essential to jazz performance. Students will learn blues scales and jazz modes as tools for improvising. Typical instrumentation would be 5 saxophones (2 alto sax, 2 tenor sax, 1 baritone sax), 5 trombones, 5 trumpets, 2 drummers, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, and keyboard. Final instrumentation is at the director's discretion.
Members of the Jazz Band must be enrolled in one of the other regular instrumental performing ensembles (Varsity, Concert, or Symphony Bands), with the exception of the rhythm guitar, bass guitar, and keyboard players.
Each year, the Jazz Band performs at the Holiday concert in December, the State Jazz Festival in March or April, and the Spring concert in May. There are also many opportunities for performances in the community, at banquets and receptions, competitions around the state and country, and honors jazz ensembles.
Students should sign up for an audition time on the sheet posted in the band room. Time slots are first-come, first-served. Remember, all students who want to be in Jazz Band must audition.
Auditions are open to all students, 9th – 12th grade. Typical instrumentation needed is: 2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, 1 baritone sax, 4-5 trumpets, 4-5 trombones, guitar, piano, bass guitar and drums.
The audition will consist of:
- Performing the 12 blues scales from memory
- Prepare and perform the supplied music excerpt
If you have any questions, please see Mr. Rodgers or leave a message in the band office at 586-439-7328.
- Audition Timeline
- Audition music available: Monday, March 21
- Sign up for audition: Monday, March 21
- Audition Dates: Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14
- Audition Results Posted: Wednesday, April 27
If you have any questions regarding the process, please email Mr. Rodgers at James.Rodgers@Fraserk12.org.