Honors Jazz Ensemble

Students will be selected to participate in honors jazz band by audition only. This ensemble will be comprised of the following standard jazz band instrumentation:

                                         Alto Saxes                          Trumpets                          Piano

                                        Tenor Saxes                       Trombones                        Drums

                                         Bari Saxes                                                                   Bass

This ensemble will perform on the music department concerts in December, April and May, and will rehearse weekly on Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm. There will be a strict attendance policy for this ensemble. Students will be allowed one absence per semester. Any additional absences need to be submitted and approved in writing (via email to Mrs Jaques AND Mr Davis) one week before the absence. Multiple tardies or unexcused absences could result in removal from the ensemble at the discretion of the directors.

Auditions for Honors Jazz Ensemble will be held on Tuesday, September 11 from 6-9pm and Wednesday, September 12 from 6-7pm and 8-9pm. Students need to sign up for an audition time through the following link: AUDITION TIMES

Students should prepare the material listed below for their auditions for Honors Jazz Ensemble.

Audition Requirements for Honors Jazz Ensemble

Saxes, Trumpets, Trombones

Play The Roving Third one time through along with recorded accompaniment. You have the option of improvising along with the recording for the second 12-bars. This is encouraged but not required.

Saxes: Orange Sherbert

M. 1-16

Trumpets: Orange Sherbert

M. 1-15

Trombones: I’m Beginning To See The Light

M. pick up 9-16


Demonstrate the following styles: swing, brushed ballad (first 16 bars), bossa nova. Be prepared to play along with the recordings to demonstrate these styles.


Orange Sherbert

M. 1-16 on electric bass

Here’s That Rainy Day

Play melody from beginning and take 2nd ending (do not play 1st ending). Play along with recordings.



Play entire melody along with recording.

Orange Sherbert

M. 1-9

M. 49-65


All recordings and sheet music for auditions can be found at this link:

Audition Requirements