The Mission Viejo High School Jazz Band is comprised of all grade level musicians who audition to earn a place in this highly talented band of approximately twenty players.Most of the students participate in one or more of the other MVHS music programs such as marching band, wind ensemble and orchestra. Under the direction of Mr. Doug Meeuwsen, jazz performances move beyond the traditional stage to also include cabaret style Jazz Night in December and Jazz under the Stars in June. At these and other performances, the jazz band plays a variety of jazz, including swing, Latin, modern and many ‘big band’ standards. Much of the music played approaches college level in its complexity.
Each year the Jazz Band auditions to participate in the Next Generation Jazz Festival held in the spring in Monterey, CA. Almost annually, the MVHS Jazz Band has been selected to compete against the twelve other high schools, judged to be the best in the nation, at this highly prestigious National Festival. The Next Generation Jazz Festival is a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet fellow musicians and hear some of the best in high school jazz. The band also participates annually at the Irvine Jazz Festival showcasing high school jazz bands from Riverside, LA, and Orange Counties. MVHS parents, friends, and the community are encouraged to attend and witness the extraordinary performances of our next generation of jazz musicians.