JAZZ BANDS

Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Band

The Jazz Ensemble is the premier jazz band 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 a week before school. Students must audition for jazz ensemble AND be enrolled in either freshman, concert, or symphonic band during the school day in order to register for jazz ensemble. This Zero Hour course will meet two days a week. The remaining instructional time will consist of teacher assigned, formative practice through the use of technology. Students will have the flexibility to complete this practice when most convenient within their daily schedule. This is a full year course and is offered to students in grades 9-12. Students MUST have the ability to get to school without the use of bus transportation. The honors option is for students who audition for IMEA and Jazz in the Fall, as well as perform solos at every concert/festival. The honors option and Jazz Ensemble will run concurrently with Zero Hour Jazz Band.

Prerequisite:

Audition required

Enrollment in Symphonic Band/ Concert Band

Students in Jazz Band will learn the basics of improvisation, swing style, and jazz ensemble playing.  Students will play jazz ensemble music ranging from 1920s swing to 80s funk to current contemporary jazz compositions. Jazz Band will also attend jazz festivals during the school year and host a variety of guest artists and educators to further the education of the jazz band. Students must audition for jazz band AND be enrolled in either concert band or symphonic band during the school day in order to register  for jazz band. This Zero Hour course will meet two days a week. The remaining instructional time will consist of teacher assigned, formative practice through the use of technology. Students will have the flexibility to complete this practice when most convenient within their daily schedule. This is a full year course and is offered to students in grades 9-12. Students MUST have the ability to get to school without the use of bus transportation.
 

 

Prerequisite:

Audition required

* Class dependent on Enrollment

Jazz Ensemble Recordings

Jazz Band Recordings