7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band

7th and 8th Grade Jazz Band


Length:  Year

Format:  Meets Twice Weekly (before school)

Description:  The seventh (7th) and eighth (8th) grade Jazz Band is an auditioned ensemble providing the opportunity for advanced students to learn and perform in a jazz ensemble setting. Students will learn to play in the four (4) major stylistic genres of Swing, Rock, Ballads, and Latin/Afro-Cuban. Members are also introduced to basic concepts in jazz improvisation and gain fundamental knowledge of chord and scale relationships, jazz harmony, and rhythmic patterns. Major focus is placed on development of skill in the “Swing” style of jazz and the required rhythmic and melodic phrasing to accurately play in this style. Students also develop greater instrumental and musical independence, as most musical parts are only one player per part. No grades are given for Jazz Band; however, students are assessed regularly on musical preparation and progress. The Jazz Band performs in three (3) concerts each school year: one near the end of each semester, and in the annual District Jazz Night concert in conjunction with the high school jazz bands.