Studio Jazz

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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:
In the 2017-2018, Studio Jazz is a finalist for both Savannah Swing Central
and Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival.
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