How do auditions work?
Are all of the positions open?
How long is an audition?
How do I prepare for an audition?
How many bands are there?
If I don’t make it, how can I get better?
Do you ever take two pianists or two guitar or two bass players?
How do I get into jazz improvisation class?
What kind of music do the big-band and combos play?
What is the jazz schedule?
Does jazz conflict with sports?
Yes all positions are open. Being in the band the year before does not give a player seniority of any kind. The best players at the audition are the ones who make the band.
Five trumpets, five bones, five saxes, five rhythm players (1 drummer, 1 percussionist, 1 bass, 1 guitar, 1 piano).
If there are enough players for a second rhythm section, we make a smaller band with that rhythm section and various horn players. That jazz combo performs at the fall concert and also the Irvine jazz festival and the spring jazz concert. That rhythm section is encouraged to be the rhythm section for the jazz improvisation class. Generally speaking we have one big band and two combos each year. The combos can have up to three or four horn players. The top combo is usually quite good and chooses their own material and schedule etc.
Monday: long session 2:15 till 4:15 – If a student has a different 7th period class, they miss the first 50 minutes.
Wednesday: after marching band 4:40 to 5:40 – Some years this day is Thursday depending on the marching visual staff schedule.
And then after thanksgiving the schedule is better and changes to:
Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday: 3:10 to 4:30
Monday and Friday Nothing
Combo schedule: it’s best if the combos can commit to a regular tutorial schedule. Many years tutorial is a jazz combo every single day. It is critical to play a lot. After thanksgiving, 7th period is available. For students not in marching band (a 7th period class) 7th period can be open for rehearsal all year.