View our 2019 Summer Jazz Band program here.
Intermediate & Advanced Jazz Band
Recommended for Grades 7-12
Students will explore various styles of jazz and are introduced to improvisation. Traditional big band jazz and smaller jazz combos will perform at least twice during the year. A great class to compliment the band/orchestra classes at school and help prepare you for the next level.
2019-2020 School Year
MEETS: Mondays 6:30pm-8:00pm
DATES:October 1, 2018-June 12, 2019
COST: $595 for the school year. Register anytime, proration option available.
Includes weekly 1.5 hour band session with a YAA Jazz Band Instructor, performance opportunities at YAA, other Boys & Girls Club locations, and community music venues & events, Custom Jazz band T-shirt, master classes, open jam sessions, a professional performance opportunity at COMMOTION, the YAA annual culminating event & fundraiser, and more.
Prerequisites: This band is our jazz ensemble for students with 2+ years of experience. Many students remain in the band for several years. Students are required to demonstrate a working knowledge of at least four blues scales. Instructor approval is required for those instrumentalists who have less than the required amount of experience.
Student Responsibilities: 30 minutes of instrumental practice daily. It is highly recommended that all jazz students listen to as much swing and improvised music as possible as this is the only way to fully embrace the style. Soloists in particular should spend extra time honing their skills either with private instruction, Jamey Aebersold play-along exercises or both.
All jazz bands have several performance opportunities throughout the year including YAA showcases.