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Jazz Ensemble 9, 10, 11, 12 Length of Course: Semester *Prerequisite
This course is a select ensemble of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, piano, and percussion students playing music in the jazz or big band styles. The student learns the appropriate phrasings, articulations, jazz notation, as well as chord changes, harmonic structure, and improvisation. This group performs at assemblies, concerts, civic affairs, and dances. Band members may be required to meet after regular school hours. With the exception of guitar, bass and piano players, all musicians must be concurrent members of one of the school bands or orchestras. Members of this ensemble will be required to perform and rehearse outside of the regular school day. Performances occur both on and off campus. Attendance at extra rehearsals and all performances is required. Course can be taken more than once for credit.
*Membership requires audition and approval of Instrumental Music Director. Requires membership in one of the large instrumental music groups (band and/or orchestra).