Jazz Band

This performing organization represents the school in concerts, festivals, and dances in the contemporary jazz idiom. This course may be taken for credit concurrently with Symphonic Band. Participation in marching band, band camp, and/or other related band activities is a requirement of this course. Prerequisite: audition.

(2022-2023 YCSD Program of Studies)

The main focus of Stage/Jazz Band is on the development of improvisational techniques and other style-specific ideals within the jazz idiom. Elements of music theory and history will be presented throughout the curriculum, as well as directed listening/interpretation activities. Through classroom instruction and public performances, each student will gain an understanding of jazz history, jazz-specific musical terms and styles, and further develop their concepts of tone, rhythm, balance, and blend. Auditioning for All-District Band, All-Virginia Band (if eligible), and All-Virginia Jazz Ensemble are strongly recommended, but not required for this course.