Jazz Ensembles I & II

2016-17 Blue Devil Band Handbook

2016-2017 Jazz Ensembles I & II Performance Dates

Wednesday, November 16, 5:30-9:30PM: Fall Band Concert, Theatre

Wednesday, February 22, 5-8PM: Soul Food Supper, HS Cafeteria

Wednesday, May 3, 5:30-9:30PM: Spring Band & Choir Concert, Theatre

Wednesday, May 17, 5:30-7:30PM: 8th Grade Promotion, Theatre

Friday, May 19, 6:30-8:30PM, High School Graduation, Athletic Field

Course Description: These performing groups are select instrumental ensembles comprised of up to 20 students each who generally have at least 2-3 years experience on the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, electric guitar, bass guitar, or drums.  Students delve into jazz improvisation and a variety of different styles such a swing, blues, shuffles, Latin, fusion, and rock/funk.  Students receive personal instruction primarily in aspects of tone, instrumental technique, and styles respective to their instruments.  Participation in dress rehearsals and performances outside the school day is required.  Students must supply their own instruments, except for drums and keyboard; amplifiers are provided at school.  These courses provide basic instruction in jazz-related rhythm, tone, style, concept, listening skills, woodwind-doubling possibilities, and improvisation. The ultimate goal of these ensembles is to give interested students an opportunity to study and perform jazz ensemble literature.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval required.  Students must have completed a minimum of two years of middle school band.

High School Jazz Ensemble I (1 year course / 1 credit)

 Jazz Ensemble I is designed to help students develop and share their musicianship and enjoyment of music through individual practice, group rehearsal, and performance of jazz literature of quality and variety for many audiences throughout the school year.  Jazz, Blues, Latin, and Rock styles are studied and performed.  Members of this ensemble will perform at graduation ceremonies and school concerts.  Jazz Band I will aid in preparing students to perform in the Blue Devil Big Band (Jazz Ensemble II).  A consistent and daily practice regimen is expected and required.

High School Jazz Ensemble II (1 year course / 1 credit)

Jazz Ensemble II, otherwise known as the “Blue Devil Big Band”, is designed to help students develop and share their musicianship and enjoyment of music through individual practice, group rehearsal, and performance of jazz literature of quality and variety for many audiences throughout the school year.  Jazz, Blues, Latin, and Rock styles are studied and performed.  Members of this ensemble will perform at home football games, pep assemblies, the Soul Food Supper, graduation ceremonies, Academic Achievement Celebration, and school concerts.  A consistent and daily practice regimen is expected and required.

Method Books

Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble, Drums - With 2 CDs (ISBN10: 0793596297; ISBN13: 9780793596294)

In Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble the important elements of playing styles unique to jazz are introduced and reinforced through easy exercises and arrangements. Basic jazz theory and history are also introduced. The beginning steps to jazz improvisation are covered, and everything is sequentially arranged. All of the exercises and compositions can be played by a full jazz ensemble, or individually with the CD that is included in each book. Listening to good jazz players is one of the best ways to learn, and playing along with the CD will be an excellent way for students to hear how jazz is played..


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Jazz Basics is designed to work with the full ensemble and is a preliminary step to the Aebersold series.  It includes two CDs full of aural exercises and performance examples.  It has an in-depth approach to the rhythm section, including comprehensive books for Guitar, Bass, Piano and Drums. There are seven units of learning and six complete charts that are playable with just a handful of players: 1 trumpet; 1 alto sax, 1 tenor sax, and 1 trombone. The CD can double as rhythm section if needed. Alternative instrumentation for clarinet, flute and horn is also provided.   


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The Articulate Jazz Musician       Award-winning jazz educator Caleb Chapman and multi-Grammy-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin have created a highly effective approach to jazz articulation. Step by step, this book details Caleb Chapman's proven approach to mastering the fundamentals of jazz articulation, phrasing, and interpretation. Inside each book are 17 units with 14 exciting, original compositions by Jeff Coffin, carefully designed to reinforce these concepts. The included CD has both demo and play-along tracks featuring a world-class quartet of Jeff Coffin (tenor sax), Victor Wooten (bass), Roy "Futureman" Wooten (drums), and Chris Walters (piano). Book/CD packs are available for C, Bb, Eb and Bass Clef instruments and Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums and a Teacher's Edition. Designed to be used with jazz ensembles, combos, in private lessons, or in a classroom setting, this method makes approaching jazz articulation easy and fun. When students follow the explanations, do lots of listening, play along, and practice what they have heard, they will become articulate jazz musicians.

© Jason Harris 2012