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Jazz Ensemble, Spring Semester 2019

JAZZ ENSEMBLE – Spring Semester, 2019


The Athens Drive Jazz Ensemble is a co-curricular group which 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 after school 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.

NEW FOR 2019:  The Jazz Ensemble Spring Semester will be divided into 2 sections, roughly by quarter.  The Ensemble will be open to everyone for the 3rd quarter (1/29-2/28), and only a select group for the 4th quarter (3/26-5/9).  Membership in the 4th quarter ensemble will be determined by the director and may involve an audition.  This group will be much closer in size to a “traditional” jazz ensemble:  5 saxes, 4 trombones, 5 trumpets and rhythm section.  It is expected that students who wish to be in the 4th quarter Jazz Ensemble also participate in the 3rd quarter group.

The Jazz Ensemble will be directed by Dr. Wes Parker (NCSU Jazz Director).  There is a $50 fair-share assessment for membership in the ensemble per quarter which 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 the $50 assessment by Jan. 31, and the second $50 assessment for those in the smaller ensemble by 3/28.  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 band room by January 24th.  Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, January 29 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 29, 2019)


I give permission for my child _______________________________ to participate in the Spring 2019 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 ‘19

(All rehearsals will be held in the bandroom between 2:45-4:15pm.)



Tuesday, (T), 1/29

Thursday (R), 1/31 – $50 fair share due

T, 2/5

R, 2/7

T, 2/12

R, 2/14

T, 2/19

R, 2/21 No rehearsal due to Winter Chamber Concert

T, 2/26

W, 2/27 Dress rehearsal for Festival Concert 7-9pm

R, 2/28 Festival Concert I 7:00pm


BREAK (for Spring Musical and State Band Festival)


SESSION #2 (for select members only)


3/28 – $50 fair share due





Spring Break Week

T, 4/23

R, 4/25

Sun. 4/28 Performance at Koka Booth Amphitheatre @6:00pm

T, 4/30

R, 5/2

T, 5/7

W, 5/8 Dress rehearsal for Spring Concert 7-9pm

R, 5/9 Spring Concert I 7:00pm


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

Dr. Jerry Markoch, Director of Bands

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