AN AUDITION IS REQUIRED before you will be allowed to register for this course
Suggested Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisites: participation in OCHS Symphonic Band/Percussion Techniques and/or teacher approval; Saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm section (Piano, drums, guitar, bass)
Max GPA: 4.0 Credits: 1.0
Course Description: This course is designed to be an extension of students’ experience in Symphonic Band and/or Percussion techniques classes—not as a replacement for them. Wind players wishing to learn a doubling instrument (i.e.: euphonium to trombone; clarinet to saxophone) will be allowed to audition, but must be prepared to provide their own doubling instrument. Rhythm section students not in regular band classes are encouraged to audition and take the course as an elective. Students will perform a minimum of two concerts (one each semester), as well as public performances in the community and at least two evaluated jazz festivals during the year. Music performed will encompass literature from “big band” jazz and contemporary styles. Study of basic improvisation techniques through computer-based and ‘play-along’ exercises and published literature, major, minor and modal scales used in improvisation, and a wide variety of popular music styles will be rehearsed and performed in public.
Fees will be charged to cover the costs of travel and consumables.