Jazz Band is a small, select ensemble of 15-20 students who perform jazz standards. Each student plays one or two on a part, and therefore are some of the top players in the program. The jazz band instrumentation is: saxophones, trumpets, trombones, bass (electric or upright), guitar, piano, and percussion (drum set and auxiliary). This class focuses on building a comprehensive understanding of jazz repertoire, theory and scales, improvisation, and history. This ensemble performs at two jazz cafes held at Gateway and in multiple festivals throughout the year. Students are expected to purchase their own instrument. A limited supply of instruments will be available for rent. Prerequisite: Teacher approval and audition.
Class fee is required.