Jazz Ensemble I
Our curricular jazz class in the band program is called Jazz Ensemble 1. An audition is required in order to enroll in this class. Students are REQUIRED to be in Concert/Symphonic/Instrumental Ensemble in order to enroll. The only exception to this is if the student plays Guitar or Bass. Students in Jazz Ensemble 1 learn the basics of jazz improvisation as well as how to perform in a traditional Jazz Big Band.
Jazz Ensemble II
Students that want to play jazz but do not audition into Jazz Ensemble 1 are eligible to perform in the extra curricular Jazz Ensemble 2. Students need to be enrolled in Concert/Symphonic/Percussion in order to be in this group. Jazz Ensemble 2 meets once per week in the fall/spring and twice per week in the winter.
Our most advanced students can audition to be involved in our Jazz Combo program. Both jazz combos are extracurricular and meet twice per week. Students need to be enrolled in Concert/Symphonic/Percussion in order to be in these groups.
Jazz Band Performances
Our Jazz Ensemble 1/Ensemble 2/Combos all perform at our Fall Jazz Night (November), Purdue Jazz Festival (January), Jazz in the Meadows Competition (February), Mundelein Jazz Festival (March), Spring Jazz Concert (Late April). Our students regularly perform alongside professional musicians and receive feedback from world renowned music educators.