Jazz Band & Jazz Ensemble




    The Jazz Band & Jazz Ensemble are audition-based groups for select students in grades 9 – 12 that meet weekly on Wednesday evenings in the large ensemble rehearsal room.  Auditions for these groups will occur during the 3rd week of each new school year and placement in each group will be based on the strength of the audition.  The Jazz Band will rehearse from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays as well as during 10th period on Thursdays.  The Jazz Ensemble will rehearse from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays as well as during 10th period on Mondays.  It is expected that students will commit to the rehearsal time frame to the best of their ability.  Concert dress is all black (black shirt, pants/skirt and shoes).  Both groups have scheduled performances on the following dates:


    December 21, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in MHS auditorium

    February 4, 2023 (Cabaret Concert) at 7:00 p.m. in MHS Commons

    May 12, 2023 (District Jazz Clinic during school hours)

    May 12, 2023 (District Jazz Festival) at 7:00 p.m. in SHS auditorium

    June 2, 2023 (Small Ensemble Concert) at 7:00 p.m. in MHS auditorium

    June 2023 (Rochester International Jazz Festival Gibbs St. stage) time and date TBD (Jazz Ensemble only)



    Jazz is the only truly American art form.  With over 100 years of stylistic development, there is a wealth of literature to explore.  It is the goal of the jazz program to not only perform this literature with stylistic accuracy, but to thoroughly explore the language of jazz (chord progressions and scales) in order to speak it (improvise) in a unique, individualistic way.  In order to do this, it is crucial for students to hear the stylistic nuance of the great jazz artists.  I would highly encourage all members of the jazz program to start a collection of big band and jazz combo (small group) recordings (see jazz artists link).  In addition, we are fortunate to live in a city that supports jazz.  I would encourage our students to attend live performances by the talented jazz artists of our community (Eastman concerts and recitals, club and community jazz venues, annual Rochester International Jazz Festival).