Jazz Ensembles

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Jazz B (Entry Level Jazz, Recommended for all Freshmen)
Prerequisite: Audition
Year-Long Course • Grades 9-10-11-12
Fulfills HS Visual/Perf. Arts or General Elective


Students are expected to take marching band or wind ensemble in conjunction with this course. This course is open to select wind and percussion students by audition. This group will study beginning to advanced improvisation techniques along with a wide variety of Jazz styles ranging from swing, bebop, progressive, latin, and funk/rock. Playing in a Jazz combo during this course is highly encouraged. Occasional after-school performances and weekend performances are mandatory.

Through the support of the AHS Music Boosters, below is a short sample list of clinicians that our Jazz B class has had the opportunity to work with:

The Jeff Hamilton Trio
Ira Nepus, Trombone
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Group
Dave Robaire, Bass
Mike Fortunato, Trumpet
Vince Trombetta Jr, Saxophonist
Awards & Accomplishments:
1st Place, The Westlake Jazz Festival, 2017 (Novice & Intermediate Divisions)
3rd Place, The Reno Jazz Festival, 2011 (Apprentice II Division)
1st Place, The Reno Jazz Festival, 2010 (Apprentice II Division)

 

 

jazz a

Jazz A (Intermediate to Advanced Leveled Jazz)
Prerequisite: Audition
Year-Long Course • Grades 9-10-11-12
Fulfills HS Visual/Perf. Arts or General Elective

Students are highly encouraged to take marching band or wind ensemble in conjunction with this course. Combo playing experience in conjunction with this class is also highly recommended. This group will study advanced improvisation techniques and a wide variety of Jazz styles ranging from swing, bebop, progressive, Latin, and funk/rock. After school rehearsals and performances are required. Occasional after-school and weekend performances are mandatory.

Awards & Achievements:
Swing Central Jazz Festival, 3rd Place, 2017
Swing Central finalist, 2013-2017
Essentially Ellington finalist, 2011
Swing Central finalist, 2010
Essentially Ellington finalist, 2008
Monterey Jazz Festival Next Gen Finalist, 2007
Essentially Ellington finalist, 2007

 

studio jazz

Studio Jazz (Advanced to Collegiate Leveled Repetoire)                                 Prerequisite: Audition Year-long course for Grades 10, 11, 12                                 Fulfills HS Visual/Performing Arts or General Elective

Students are highly encouraged to take marching band or wind ensemble in conjunction with this course. Combo playing experience in conjunction with this class is also highly recommended. This group will study advanced improvisation techniques and a wide variety of Jazz styles ranging from swing, bebop, progressive, Latin, and funk/rock. After school rehearsals and performances are required. Occasional after-school and weekend performances are mandatory.  For students who are interested in applying to: (1) an academic university with a music audition, (2)  a university with an art supplement application, or (3) a conservatory to major in music, it is highly recommended to also take a classical course that deals with music fundamentals taught in Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra or Choir.

Through the support of the AHS Music Boosters & Participation in national music festivals, below is a short sample list of clinicians that our groups have had
the opportunity to work with:
Dan Higgins, Professional Saxophonist, Studio Musician
The Jeff Hamilton Trio, w/ Tamir Handelman & Christoph Luty
John Mosley, retired AHS music director
Gary Pratt, Cal State Northidge
Ira Nepus, Trombonist & member of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
Wycliffe Gordon, Trombonist & Composer
Dave Robaire, Bassist & AHS Jazz Combo director
Ronald Carter, Professional Saxophonist and Clinician
Members of the Jazz @ Lincoln Center Orchestra:
Shermany Irby, Marcus Printup, Ali Jackson
and many more!
Accomplishments & Awards:
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Festival, Finalist, 2018
The Savannah Music Festival: Swing Central Jazz Festival Finalist, 2nd Place, 2018
The Savannah Music Festival: Swing Central Jazz Festival Finalist, 1st Place, 2015
The Savannah Music Festival: Swing Central Jazz Festival Finalist, 2018
The Savannah Music Festival: Swing Central Jazz Festival Finalist, 2nd Place, 2016
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Festival, Finalist, 2015
The Savannah Music Festival: Swing Central Jazz Festival Finalist, 1st Place, 2015
The Savannah Music Festival: Swing Central Jazz Festival Finalist, 1st Place, 2014
The Savannah Music Festival: Swing Central Jazz Festival Finalist, 1st Place, 2013

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Festival, 2nd Place 2007