Jazz Band

Jazz Band

The purpose of the Jazz Band and Jazz Combo is to provide a high level performance opportunity for student musicians who wish to explore the jazz medium.  The group is open to students in grades 9-12 who are current band members (either concert of symphonic winds) based on a live audition.  Instrumentation for the group consists of Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophones, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Drum Set.  The group will explore multiple styles of jazz, including swing, rock, Latin, and funk.  A strong emphasis on note reading in multiple styles, improvisation skills, jazz combo work, advanced musicianship and performance strategies are explored, and advanced individual instrument technique will be provided to assist in the development of the jazz student.  The group starts 2nd quarter after marching band season is finished and rehearses daily before school from 7:30 a.m. to 8:25 a.m.

The jazz band and jazz combo are competitive groups which travel to up to five competitions through the spring and performs at three concerts.  The groups also make other appearances on occasion at local venues in the Norris community.


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