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Jazz Ensemble spring semester 2024

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 on average 2 days per week (Wednesdays/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. Markoch. There is a $50 fair-share assessment for membership in the ensemble which covers the cost of music and any special equipment. In addition, new students will be asked to purchase the uniform blue dress shirt at a cost of @$25. The $50 fee will be due on February 1st and the fee for the shirt will be due when the shirts become available (most likely late 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 during the next several weeks. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, January 31st at which time we will read music and assign parts based on musical maturity.

Like all 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 Wednesday, January 31, 2024)

I give permission for my child _______________________________ to participate in the Spring 2024 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 ‘24

(All rehearsals will be held in the band room between 3:00-4:30pm.)


Wednesday, (W), 1/31
Thursday (R), 2/1
W, 2/7
R, 2/8
W, 2/14
No rehearsal on 2/15 due to Chamber Concert
W, 2/21
R, 2/22
W, 2/28
R, 2/29
W, 3/6
Thursday, 3/7 Festival Concert I, beginning at 7:00pm


W, 4/3
R, 4/4
No rehearsal on 4/10 due to teacher workday
R, 4/11
W, 4/17
R, 4/18
W, 4/24
R, 4/25
W, 5/1
R, 5/2
TW 5/8
Thursday, 5/9 Spring Concert I, beginning at 7:00pm

Dr. Jerry Markoch, Director of Bands

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