DAMS Jazz Band
2019 Auditions for Rhythm Section (Piano / Guitar / Bass / Drums)
Auditions are after school on Friday, May 31. See audition requirements/materials below. E-mail Mr. Skaleski to schedule an audition time.
Please register NO LATER than Wednesday, May 22.
Book Order and Payment
Book payments due Friday, May 24.
Essential Elements Jazz (tax included in price)
$14.76 - Most instruments
$17.92 - Piano, Guitar, Electric/String Bass, and Drums
When paying, please keep in mind I cannot make change. I recommend writing a check for these amounts. Please make out checks to Ward-Brodt Music and write your child's name in the memo section.
Policies and Calendar
Brass and woodwind members do NOT need to audition for Jazz Band. If you play a brass or woodwind in regular band but plan to audition on an instrument listed below, then please be willing to play your regular band instrument just in case.
The audition is simply to see what you are capable of. I am not expecting perfection when you audition, but you want to do the very best you can.
You DO need to review your audition packet and practice the material for your audition. This packet MUST be brought with you to the audition.
Ask questions if you have them!
Hard copies of these packets can be picked up outside of the band room door on the 5/6 side of the building
About the Jazz Band
Jazz band is a group of primarily 7th and 8th grade students. We explore how to perform the unique styles of the blues, bebop, Latin, rock, funk, pop, and more! We perform for traditional concerts, jazz festivals, Grandparents Day at the middle school, and Jazz on the Green at Lake Windsor Golf Club.
Pre-requisite: 1 full year of playing experience on the instrument of choice. Percussionists, bassists, guitarists, and piano/keyboard bass players may be asked to perform for an audition. 2+ years of experience on these instruments is recommended. Private lessons are highly recommended in order to help the student find success - especially on piano, guitar, bass, or drum set.
Weekly on Wednesdays, after school, from 3:30-4:50 PM. See Policies and Calendar document below for exact dates. These are subject to change.
Donut and Treat Sign-Up
Contact Mr. Skaleski directly to volunteer to bring donuts or treats for Jazz Band students each week! I will bring the first batch each semester. If you cannot view the sign-up page below, click here.
Extra Help and Resources for Jazz Band Members
- Recommended Listening List for Jazz
- Jazz in 8 Easy Steps!
- Jazz Fundamentals
- What is the blues?
- What is improvisation?
- How do I figure out what notes to play in a chord?
- Middle School Jazz Academy - Video Collection
- Drum Set Groove Essentials by Tommy Igoe (Excerpts)
- There is a full DVD I encourage you to purchase