Jefferson BANDS

Jazz Bands

Jazz Band

Directors: Bruce Knepper and Judd Danby

Semesters: 2 (Fall and Spring)

Prerequisite: Audition and permission of Director(s) of Jazz Band

Additional Requirements: Students must also be enrolled in a concert ensemble (exempt: guitar, piano, bass)

The Jefferson Jazz Ensemble is open to students who possess exemplary skills with their instrument and pass an audition given by the Jazz Ensemble Director(s). Students are highly encouraged to take Piano and Electronic Keyboard I or Music Theory and Composition I prior to playing in this ensemble.

Many styles of jazz literature are studied (swing, bebop, funk, Latin, etc.), as well as jazz theory and improvisation.

There will be numerous performances throughout the year, including school functions, jazz clinics, contests, and community outreach performances.

Jazz Combo

Directors: Dr. Judd Danby

Semesters: 2 (Fall and Spring)

Prerequisite: Audition and permission of Director(s) of Jazz Band

Additional Requirements: Students must also be enrolled in a concert ensemble (exempt: guitar, piano, bass)

The Jefferson Jazz Combo is a small ensemble, which is an extension of the Jefferson Jazz Band. This ensemble is open to students who possess exemplary skills with their instrument and pass an audition given by the Jazz Ensemble Director(s). Students are highly encouraged to take Piano and Electronic Keyboard I or Music Theory and Composition I prior to playing in this ensemble.

This ensemble focuses on the improvisational practice that lies at the deepest roots of jazz. Through engagement with important jazz standards and student-composed works, members will be exposed to advanced concepts such as: principles of and strategies for shaping meaningful improvised solos, development of musical ideas through rhythmic/metrical and melodic variation, harmonic form in music, melodic/harmonic relationships and voice leading through chord changes, and arranging material for a small jazz ensemble in advance and spontaneously on the bandstand.

There will be numerous performances throughout the year, including school functions, jazz clinics, contests, and community outreach performances.

Swing Band

Directors: Bruce Knepper

Semesters: Extra-Curricular Activity (Spring)

Prerequisite: None

The Jefferson Swing Band is a volunteer, extra-curricular, “big band” jazz ensemble at Jefferson High School. All instrumentalists may participate, although sometimes parts are limited by specific arrangements. The Swing Band is considered to be a training band for students who may be interested in being in Jazz Band.

Many different styles of traditional jazz band literature are studied, including swing, bebop, funk, jazz rock, etc. as well as the study of improvisation.

This ensemble begins after the Marching Band season ends, and traditionally has two performances during 2nd semester: ISSMA Jazz Contest and Music In May.