The Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble


COURSE:       MU1303                      Jazz Ensemble

 TEACHER:    Mr. Kennedy   Rm. 133 (Band Room)

 CLASS MATERIALS: Materials for this class will be provided by the band program. Though most students own their own instrument, there are some instruments that the school system provides, primarily large costly instruments such as the baritone saxophone, bass trombone etc…

 DESCRIPTION: Performance and study of standard Big Band jazz literature is the main focus of this advanced performing ensemble. A wide range of styles from early Swing bands through modern ensembles will be studied and their music performed.

 This course will include the following:


  • Many performance opportunities
  • Sight reading of new music at an advanced level and the development of band arrangements for performance purposes
  • Written evaluations of our own performances
  • Opportunity to pursue involvement in the Western Mass. District Jazz Ensemble
  • Opportunities to travel and perform in festivals throughout the Eastern United States
  • Development of personal musical skills
  • Development of ensemble skills
  • Solo opportunities for the advanced instrumentalist are possible

 GRADING:    60%     Class participation, citizenship and behavior (see rubric)

 30%     Performance (see rubric)

 10%     Written assignments (see rubric)

 A complete copy of the Instrumental Music Grading Rubric is available for download here

EXTRA HELP is available after school on Thursdays from 2-3 PM, by appointment