GK Jazz Ensemble


The Jazz Ensemble at GKHS is a performing ensemble that has the luxury of meeting as a class. The goal of this band is to learn different styles of "Big Band" music and comprehend and develop skills necessary to perform the highest quality jazz literature. In addition, students will learn the fundamentals of improvisation, and develop their skills to a level that allows them to comfortably play improvised solos during concerts.

The GK Jazz Ensemble performs a wide variety of literature ranging from jazz standards to rock and pop tunes to new compositions such as each year's IMEA commission.  You can catch the Jazz Ensemble performing at any of the Genoa-Kingston High School Band Concerts as well as the Choral Theme night and the GK Jazz Dance.    


 GK Jazz Ensemble performing on the Branson Belle in 2013

 GK Jazz Ensemble Audition: (3 parts)

1. Senior Jazz Swing Etude for this year. Selection of measures highlighted on the chart below (on your instrument)

2. Improvise over "Now's the time/ Billies Bounce IMEA Senior improv" (recording and chord changes below) Improviser should be prepared to play 2-3 choruses.

3. Sight Reading for all instruments

 Set up Audition Here!!!

IMEA Jazz Band Audition: (4 Parts)

  1. Sight Reading - All rhythm section instruments; During the sight reading, you may be asked to play from both written notes and chord changes.
  2. Improvise over "Now's the time/ Billies Bounce IMEA Senior improv" (recording and chord changes below) Improviser should be prepared to play 2-3 choruses.

    Rhythm section players will also be asked to do the following: 

  • Drums: Demonstration improvisational ability by playing a medium fast swing drum solo in 12 bar blues format.  The student should play four measures of swing followed by four measures of solo, going through at least two choruses.  Also, drummers should demonstrate the following styles: Swing (fast and slow), Latin (samba and bossa), brushes (medium swing and ballads), and Funk.
  • Guitar and Vibes: Students are to comp in both swing and rock style.  For swing style, students may use the solo section from the All-State requred piece. Vibraphone players should prepare the vibraphone part as much as possible. If there is no vibraphone part available, please use the chords in the guitar or piano part(s).
  • Piano and Bass: For the improvisation, these students should play self-accompanied solos using blues changes in Bb and F Blues without recorded accompaniment.  Bass players will play alone.  Pianists will accompany themselves.
     

3.  Prepared Piece: A Question of Hope by Antonio Garcia

1st Alto Saxophone – Excerpt A m. 47–76, Excerpt B m. 185–192, Excerpt C m. 201–224 

1st Tenor Saxophone - Excerpt A m. 46-76, Excerpt B m.185 – 192, Excerpt C m.201-224 

Baritone Saxophone - Excerpt A m. 54-76, Excerpt B m. 177-192, Excerpt C m.s 201-224

1st Trumpet – Excerpt A m.s 47 – 76, Excerpt B m. 201 – 214, Excerpt C m. 215 – 224 

2nd Trumpet - Excerpt A m.46 – 76, Excerpt B m.201 – 214, Excerpt C m. 215 – 224

1st Trombone - Excerpt A m. 46 – 76, Excerpt B m. 192 – 200, Excerpt C m. 201 – 220

4th Trombone (Bass) - Excerpt A m. 46-76, Excerpt B m. 177-191, Excerpt C m. 192-200 

Guitar – Excerpt A m. 22 – 46, Excerpt B m. 60 – 76, Excerpt C m. 113 - 144 

Vibes – Excerpt A m. 30 – 58, Excerpt B m. 113 – 144, Excerpt C m. 201 – 230 

Piano - Excerpt A m. 1 – 29, Excerpt B m. 30 – 61, Excerpt C m. 201 - 230 

Bass - Excerpt A m. 30–61, Excerpt B m.62–76, Excerpt C m. 185-200 

Drums – Excerpt A m. 30 – 60, Excerpt B m. 61 – 76, Excerpt C m. 201 - 222


4. Selection of the Senior Jazz Swing Etude below            

      (on your instrument)

  

Cycle 1 (Swing Etude #1)

2016-2017   

Cycle 2 (Swing Etude #2)

2017-2018

Cycle 3 (Swing Etude #3)

2018-2019

Saxophone

 m. 1-16

 m. 1-16

 m. 1-24

Trumpet

m. 1-D.C.(2nd ending)

 m. 1-16

 m. 1-24

Trombone

m. 1-16 (lower notes)

 m. 9-25

 m. 1-16

Bass Trombone

m. 17-32

 m. 17-39

 m. 17-32

Drums

m. 1-18

 m. 5-end (no repeat)

m. 1-33(no brushes, m. 12)

Guitar

m. 1-16

 m. 1-20

 m. 13-30

Bass

m. 25-end

 m. 25-end

 m. 1-12

Piano

m. 1-23 (2nd ending)

 m. 1-10 and coda

 m. 1-11 and coda

 
   The GK Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble. Below are the audition materials for this year as well as IMEA audition materials.  Our audition is a Three part audition and the details are outlined below. Please do not confuse the class auditions with IMEA auditions seeing as they are very similar
    Auditions for the class are typically held in April or May. If you have any questions or concerns please email Mr. Rucker at trucker@gkschools.org


GK Jazz Ensemble pre-show photo shoot "Happy"
 

 
GK Jazz Ensemble pre-show photo shoot on the Branson Belle "Edgy"


 
 GK Jazz Ensemble Performing at the 20th Annual Jazz Dance 2013
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