The Jazz Ensemble is the premier jazz ensemble at McHenry High School. Students in Jazz Ensemble will be learning advanced concepts related to jazz improvisation, ensemble performance, and transcription. It is open to all grade levels and meets twice before school. Private lessons are strongly encouraged to develop stylistic, technical, and improvisational skills. For students who need assistance, there is lesson scholarship money available. An audition for Jazz Ensemble is required.
Enrollment in Symphonic/Concert band
Jazz Band is the second of two jazz ensembles at McHenry High School. Students in Jazz Band will learn the basics of improvisation, swing style, and jazz ensemble playing. It is open to all grade levels and meets twice a week before school during a period called Zero Hour. Zero Hour is a course held prior to the start of the regular school schedule. Students are encouraged to study privately to improve both their ensemble playing and their improvisational skills. Scholarship money is available for interested students who need assistance. An audition for jazz band is required.
* Class dependent on Enrollment
2019 Jazz Ensemble: Minuano
2019 Jazz Band: Riverscape