We offer small and large weekly ensemble classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced middle and high school instrumentalists, giving you the chance to make music with your peers and improve your skills in the process.
Our ensembles perform in the Jazzschool Student Performance Series at the end of each quarter, and it’s totally free and open to the public. Invite your friends, family, and anyone else who loves great music to come and see you shine!
You’ll need to go through a placement audition but don’t worry; it’s just a formality to make sure you’re placed in the right ensemble for your skill level. Just follow the audition requirements and application instructions, and you’ll be on your way!
2022 – 2023 School Year (In-Person) Audition Dates
High school and middle school combos: August 27 – 28, 2022
Studio Band: August 20 – 21, 2022
Advanced High School Jazz Workshop: August 27, 2022
Note: Auditions for Studio Band and Advanced High School Jazz Workshop take place once a year, each August. Auditions for high school and middle school combos and the high school funk ensemble are available each quarter.
Weekly Various Times
Middle School Jazz Combos
Learn to play jazz and improvise while covering a wide repertoire from John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Eddie Harris, and other jazz masters.
Mondays 6:30 – 8 pm 4/3 – 6/5 (9 weeks) no class 5/29
Studio Band (High School Big Band)
Develop technique, knowledge of jazz style, and an ability to improvise through standard and contemporary big band repertoire.
Mondays 4:45 – 6:15 pm 4/3 – 6/5 (9 weeks) no class 5/29
Advanced High School Jazz Workshops
Explore the post-bop harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and formal innovations of Coltrane, Shorter, Corea, Hancock, Brecker, and others in this multiple DownBeat award-winning ensemble.
Weekly Various Times
High School Jazz Combos
Gain a greater understanding of jazz theory and develop improvisation skills through the study and performance of challenging jazz repertoire.
Saturdays 10 – 11:30 am, 11:45 – 1:15 pm 4/8 – 6/3 (9 weeks)
High School Funk Ensembles
Learn the classic funk hits of James Brown, Sly Stone, and others.