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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). 

We need a parent or two to help out with the Jan. 17 8th grade info night... to serve pizza from 5:45-7:30. http://lghsmusic.ivolunteer.com/event_007

Ian and Graham HoutsSeniors Ian Houts and Graham Houts (left and right in photo) have landed spots in the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars for 2016-17, the first LGHS students to do so via a highly competitive audition process that attracts top high school players from all over Northern California. Ian, who plays both upright and electric bass, will perform in the All-Stars Big Band, and Graham will play guitar in both the Big Band and the eight-piece All-Stars Combo. Highlights of the coming year will include performing with sax great Joshua Redman at the SFJAZZ Center in December, competing in the Mingus Festival in NYC, and taking the stage at a jazz conference in New Orleans.

Previously the twin brothers played percussion in LGHS Marching Band and Wind Ensemble, earned a 2015 Reno Jazz Fest award as bassist and guitarist in an LGHS Jazz Combo, and performed with the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band and the San Jose Jazz High School All-Stars.

... Congratulations to Ian and Graham!

(photos courtesy of r.r. jones)

Ian Houts


Lazare Herzi

Graham Houts

Honor Band season is off to a roaring start, with LGHS students earning three of seven coveted spots in the 2015-2016 Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band in Santa Cruz. Senior Lazare Herzi (trombone) and juniors Ian Houts (bass) and Graham Houts (guitar) will rehearse with the group weekly at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, named one of the world's top jazz venues by DownBeat magazine, and will perform at South Bay and Monterey Bay events throughout the year. While regional jazz honor bands typically focus on big band arrangements, the Kuumbwa ensemble is unique for its smaller combo format that showcases each individual player.

. . . Congratulations to Lazare, Ian, and Graham!