Jazz II begins on Wednesday, November 13th at 7am in the PAC. I am excited to say that Nathanael Ankeny, professor of saxophone and jazz studies at George Fox University, will continue leading our Jazz II program again this year.
Jazz II will meet 2 times per week. We will start on Mondays & Wednesdays from November 13-December 4 from 7:00-7:50am. Then, starting on December 10th we will begin meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays for the remainder of the year. This scheduling shift is due to Nathanael’s GFU teaching schedule. This ensemble will also potentially meet on a Friday as they near performances (Friday schedule TBD).
We are not holding auditions for this ensemble. Jazz II is open for currently enrolled band students who are interested in learning or developing their skills on a jazz instrument. We are looking for students who have a good attitude, willing to practice, and show up on time.
Jazz II will perform about 3-4 times during the school year in 2020. Our first performance will be at the West Salem Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 8th. Other performances will be Swingin’ the Green (March 7), and Stella by Starlight (May 26). There also may be one other performance TBD.
If you are interested, please sign up on the signup sheet located on the cabinet inside the band room.
Looking forward to getting jazz going again! See you the morning of Wednesday, November 13th at 7am in the PAC!