The Los Gatos High School Jazz Band is comprised of students in grades 9-12 who play trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, jazz guitar, bass guitar, string bass, and drum set. The jazz ensemble meets during 7th period throughout the entire school year and performs at school concerts, adjudicated festivals, and town events. In years when the LGHS concert bands do not go on international tour, the Jazz Band may also participate in the Reno Jazz Festival.
The jazz ensemble performs diverse styles of music such as swing, Latin, bebop, ragtime, and pop/rock/jazz fusion, in big band arrangements. The band occasionally works with clinicians during the year who specialize in these styles to help students gain deeper understanding of jazz performance. Members of this ensemble also explore improvising and playing in smaller “combo” groups. Students in this ensemble must take this class as their second music elective in addition to Marching/Concert Band or Orchestra.
Jazz Band is an audition-only ensemble. Previous participation in a middle school music program (need not have studied jazz) and an interest in jazz music are strongly recommended. Students in this ensemble may receive up to 3 years of Performing Arts credit (grades 9-11) and 1 year of Applied Arts credit (grade 12).