Concert Band

This course is for the student who has attained intermediate proficiency on his/her instrument. Music of increasing difficulty is presented with instruction designed to increase the range, flexibility, endurance, tone quality, and artistic interpretation of the student. This group performs in school and public concerts. It is strongly advised that concert band members enroll in “Marching Band,” in which physical education credit is earned by the duel enrollment. Attendance at extra rehearsals and all performances is required.

Jazz Ensemble

Over the past several years the Tesoro Jazz Ensemble has enjoyed tremendous success. The band has won numerous awards at local Jazz Festivals including 1st place awards at the Irvine High School Jazz Festival and First place at both the Trabuco Hills and San Clemente Jazz Festivals . In 2009 the band earned a top ten finish in the 4A division at the Reno Jazz Festival. The Jazz Ensemble plays big band compositions and arrangements in a variety of styles including; swing, blues, bebop, ballads, funk, rock, and latin. Members of the ensemble work to develop proficiency in jazz phrasing and improvisation techniques. We will also explore some of the historic periods of Jazz History and its artists and influences.The Jazz Ensemble class meets only during the second semester as a zero period class. The band is made up of alto, tenor and baritone sax, trumpets and trombones; and a rhythm section that includes piano, electric and acoustic bass, guitar, drum set and vibraphone/percussion. Students must audition to participate the ensemble. Audition information and materials are made available in October for a mid-November audition. Members of the Jazz Ensemble sax and brass sections must also be enrolled in Concert Band or Wind Ensemble. Most jazz ensemble players also participate in the Tesoro Entertainment Units.

Wind Ensemble

This is the most advanced of the ensembles and is designed for the student who is a highly competent performer. The student is challenged by music of the highest caliber, requiring more sophisticated understanding of complex rhythms, all key signatures, musical terminology, ensemble skills, and extra effort on the part of the student. Wind Ensemble is a major performing ensemble, and participation in concerts, festivals and assemblies is required. Members may also enroll in “Marching Band” as a separate period for physical education credit.Admission is by audition