The Jazz program exists for students to gain experience in performing Jazz, Latin, Rock and Pop, Funk and other forms of popular music. The class is set up in a Big Band style setting and the music is arranged for this type of ensemble. The instrumentation in the big band setting includes saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion (drum set, vibraphone and auxiliary instruments). In addition to utilizing wind and percussion instruments, the Jazz bands will include acoustic or electric bass, piano and guitar.
The Jazz program consists of 2 ensembles, Intermediate and Advanced. Intermediate Jazz Band meets during 3rd period and Advanced Jazz Band meets during 5th period. Advanced Jazz Band is an audition only ensemble. Auditions are held in April. All band members may sign up for Intermediate Jazz Band.