Beginner Big Band
The ensemble is open to woodwind and brass musicians from the Beginner II through Symphonic Bands who would like to begin their exploration of the jazz idiom.
Beginner II musicians who wish to participate are encouraged to contact Patricia Wheeler in order to discuss comfort levels.
What this band does:
This class introduces and develops rhythms, styles, and repertoire endemic to the jazz tradition, in a concert band setting, and is open to the full range of instruments found in a concert band.
Material consists of studies, drills, games, and repertoire modelled after swing and dance band literature, such as that found in the Essential Elements Jazz Ensemble series.
The class does not require improvisation, but notated solos will be played by the willing, not the forced.
Rent/own an instrument or purchase a stick/mallet kit if playing percussion.
Play with a characteristic tone.
Play Concert Major scales from three flats to three sharps.
Read rhythms in simple and compound time signatures
All group playing will take place over SmartMusic