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Jazz Ensemble Overview 2017

posted Jan 15, 2017, 1:36 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jan 15, 2017, 1:37 PM ]
JAZZ ENSEMBLE – Spring Semester, 2017 

The Athens Drive Jazz Ensemble is a co-curricular group that meets in the Spring Semester and which supplements the music ensemble experience that students receive during the school day.  The Jazz Ensemble provides students the opportunity to perform music in jazz styles and related idioms such as rock and Latin.  The group meets on average 2 days per week (Tuesdays/Thursdays) and performs on school band programs and at local events.  Standard instrumentation is as follows:  alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drum set and auxiliary (such as vibraphone), bass, guitar, and piano.  We will also accept clarinets, baritones (if you read bass clef or are willing to transpose music), flutes (if you are willing to transpose music) and tubas.  

The Jazz Ensemble will be directed by Dr. Wes Parker (NCSU Jazz Director).  There is a $95 fair-share assessment for membership in the ensemble that covers the cost of guest instruction, music and equipment.  In addition, new students will be asked to purchase the uniform blue dress shirt at a cost of @$18.  We are asking for $50 by 2/9; $45 by 4/20.  The fee for the shirt will be due when the shirts become available (most likely mid-February).  The students will wear black dress pants and shoes with the shirt.

Interested students will be asked to “sign-up” on the white board in the bandroom by January 20th.  Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, January 24 at which time we will read music and assign parts based on musical maturity.  
Like all of our ensembles, we will enforce the following policy with regard to attendance:

Students are to submit a written request to be excused from any rehearsal or performance.  It is expected that the students will attend every rehearsal and performance unless illness or other emergency prohibits participation.  Any unexcused absence and/or problem with excessive absence may result in suspension from performance or dismissal from the jazz ensemble with no refund of fees.  


Jazz Ensemble Consent
(Due Tuesday, January 24, 2017)

I give permission for my child _______________________________ to participate in the Spring 2017 ADHS Jazz Ensemble.

I have read the attendance and financial responsibilities and will abide by them.

Parent/Guardian Signature _________________________


Athens Drive H.S. Jazz Ensemble
Tentative Rehearsal/Performance Schedule, Spring ‘17
(All rehearsals will be held in the bandroom between 2:45-4:15pm.)

SESSION #1
Tuesday, (T), 1/24
Thursday (R), 1/26
T, 1/31
R, 2/2
T, 2/7
R, 2/9
T, 2/14
R, 2/16
T, 2/21
R, 2/23
T, 2/28
R, 3/2
T, 3/7
Wednesday, 3/8 Dress rehearsal for Festival Concert 7-9pm
Thursday, 3/9 Festival Concert I beginning at 7:30pm

BREAK (for Band State Festival)

SESSION #2
T, 3/28
R, 3/30
T, 4/4
R, 4/6
T, 4/18
R, 4/20
Sunday, 4/23 Western Wake Arts Festival at Koka Booth Amphitheatre @6:00pm
T, 4/25
R, 4/27
T, 5/2
R, 5/4
T, 5/9
Wednesday, 5/10 Dress rehearsal for Spring Concert 7-9pm
Thursday, 5/11 Spring Concert I beginning at 7:30pm

***There will likely be several additional performances throughout the Spring; students will receive dates and times when confirmed.