Jumpin’ Jazz Band (Beginner)

Rehearsals: Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Location:  Brookfield High School
Session Date: Week of January 15, 2018 – week of April 9, 2018 (no rehearsals week of March 12)
Band Leaders:  Kyle Nurse and Cathy Wilcox

Have you ever wanted to play the music of the jazz giants – Miles, Bird, Duke, Monk and more? This is a beginner-level jazz band for musicians who are comfortable with their instruments and who would like to learn about playing jazz rhythms and styles, while learning to play big band and other jazz styles.   Please Note: Musicians should be comfortable playing most of the music in the Essential Elements Book 1.  Piano at a level of grade 8 conservatory is recommended for joining on piano. Electric guitar and bass guitar also should have a solid foundation on their instruments.

This is your chance to swing, bop, and be cool and “jump in” to jazz!

Every rehearsal is two hours long plus a short social break.  Most weeks there will be a full band rehearsal, but in weeks 3-6 there may be a one-hour instrument-specific clinic, some sectional groupings or a surprise guest conductor.  At the end-of-session concert, the band performs 3 – 4 pieces ranging from big band to modern to contemporary pop jazz stylings.

We will use Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method (Sorenson and Pearson) for instruction.

Instrument choices:  Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone, Tuba, Electric/Acoustic Bass, Electric Guitar,  Drum Kit, Piano.  Other instruments may be accepted pending band leader approval (contact Cathy Wilcox).

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