Our program is in constant growth and we are looking forward to another great year ahead. In order for this program to succeed, we are requesting that all families join the Spartan Band Booster Organization. The Booster organization is vital to the success of the South High Band program. Through their fundraising efforts; purchasing new instruments and equipment; helping to organize and chaperone off-site events/ trips; and facilitating guest speakers/instructors, we, as Jazz members benefit by this group. Thank you for promptly returning the Jazz Information Sheet, payment and Medical Release Form, (even if you already filled one out for Marching Band) to the band room lockbox.
Jazz Band A
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12, Year Course – 10 Credits Prerequisite: Audition / Permission from SHS Band Director UC/CSU Approved “f” This is South High’s premier jazz ensemble and its emphasis is the performance of classic and contemporary jazz music literature. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of jazz music, as well as, achieve a high level of improvisational mastery on their instrument. All students selected to participate in this ensemble are expected to travel and perform at several concerts and jazz festivals both domestic and internationally. All students are expected to be members in good standing in Advanced Band or Wind Ensemble, as well as, members of the Spartan Marching Band. Exceptions are as follows: Exception #1: With approval of the instructor, exemptions are made from the Advanced Band / Wind Ensemble Band membership rule for keyboard, guitar, and bass players when they cannot be found in the band. Exception #2: Students who wish to participate in Jazz Band A but do not wish to participate in their regular band class and/or Spartan Marching Band must obtain approval from both their counselor and the SHS Band Director. In order to obtain permission the student must demonstrate a legitimate class or sports conflict that prevents them from full participation in the band program.
Jazz Band B (A/B Band)
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12, Year Course – 10 Credits Prerequisite: Audition / Permission from SHS Band Director UC/CSU Approved “f” The emphasis of this ensemble is the study of classic and contemporary jazz music. Using a lab like setting, the student will gain both an understanding of jazz fundamentals, as well as, work to achieve improvisational competency on their instrument. All students are expected to be members in good standing in Advanced Band or Wind Ensemble, as well as, members of the Spartan Marching Band. Exceptions are made for keyboard, guitar, and bass players when they cannot be found in the band