Here’s the plan for jazz BANDS for this year. Combo stuff is still being sorted out and will be out soon.
We have enough interest for 3 bands, as you'll see below and 6 combos. It's been hard to sort out.
We are changing things up a little. Instead of two big bands, we’ll be having 1 big band, 1 nonet (also known as a little big band) and 1 super sax ensemble.
The reason for the change is 1) It's time for a change 2) we had enough saxophones and rhythm section audition for three bands but not enough brass. If we had a second band, it would’ve had 8 saxophones and a double rhythm section. That’s not legit or cool at the high school level. Playing jazz requires independent musicianship- that’s one of the many things that makes it fun. 3) This will be a much more satisfying experience for everyone involved and allows groups to hyper focus. We will schedule some rehearsals with the nonet and supersax together, in order to allow for musicians to have the full band experience. We also will have a few completely combined big band rehearsals (think double big band). All that will be discussed later.
Rehearsals will be on Monday’s and Wednesday’s and will look something like this: Monday, 3:30-5:30, Big Band, 5:30-7:30, Supersax/Nonet Wednesday, 2:30-4:30, Supersax/Nonet, 4:30-6:30, Big Band
A finalized schedule will be made soon, but it's roughly that.
The rehearsals rotate so you only have to have the later rehearsal once per week. Rehearsals will start the Monday after Thanksgiving break.
I’m incredibly excited. I hope you are too. I’m really excited about the three different groups. More soon, pals!