Jazz Ensemble

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This course can be used to fulfill the Visual and Performing Arts entrance requirement for the UC and CSU systems.

The Jazz Ensemble is a highly advanced and select ensemble open to students with an extensive background in Jazz performance. This ensemble will focus on the performance techniques and knowledge of repertoire associated with the finest in jazz band literature. Emphasis is placed on the preparation for performances and evaluation at concerts and various jazz festivals throughout the year.

Students will perform music from the international jazz heritage, drawing from, but not limited to, the following styles: blues, swing, be-bop, ballads, boss nova, samba, funk and jazz rock. Performance assessment, written assessment and self-assessment will be integral parts of the curriculum. Students will also study and practice jazz improvisation, using music theory and guided listening as tools to an exploration and development of improvising skills.

Attendance at all performances is mandatory. Performance opportunities include Winter and Spring Concerts, Guest Artist Concert (featuring a jazz professional as guest soloist), various Jazz Festivals and various local concerts in other schools or the community.



Visual and Performing Arts