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Jazz Bands

Jazz Bands

 

Jazz Bands

The Jazz Bands of Millikan offer musicians a unique and enriched performance opportunity to explore and expand their personal and group musicianship in a small ensemble atmosphere.  The Big Band or Jazz Band style of music originated in the U.S. and is typically associated with jazz or Swing Era type of music.  However, these bands have developed over time to embrace many styles of music.  Musicians learn how to interpret these various styles including not only Big Band Swing, but also Funk, Bebop, Latin, Blues, and Pop Music (ie. Tower of Power style).  All musicians are encouraged to play solos, and learn to have fun in the spirit and love of music.

Although the majority of the ensemble play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments, typical jazz bands include a wide assortment of instruments such as acoustic or electric guitars, string bass, piano, electric keyboards, marimba and vocalists.  These types of musicians are highly encouraged to participate in the Jazz Bands.

 

Jazz Combo

 
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Jazz Como is an intermediate performance class.  It is designed as a development class for both playing and performance skills for the student musician.  Emphasis is placed on developing confidence in playing improvised solos, working with a small group, and learning to play off another musician. The course may be taken in both the fall and spring semesters with a minimum of two  performances per semester. 

Eligibility: This class is by AUDITION ONLY with permission from the instructor required for admittance.  Although the majority of the students are Freshmen and Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors may participate depending on their skill level and interest.  It is recommended that students have prior musical instrument experience at the middle school or equivalent level.  No beginners, meaning students without any type of prior musical training, will be accepted.  Please note – this course rehearses daily during zero hour period (6:45 am – 7:35 am). The auditions take place the 2nd day of school in the Fall semester during the zero period class.  9th and 10th grade students who wish to be in this ensemble must also be in another performing ensemble in the regular school day.

 

Click HERE for more information on the Millikan Instrumental Music Website

 

Jazz Band

Jazz Band is an advanced performance wind ensemble class for students with advanced experience in playing varying types of Jazz Band instruments. The course is designed to offer a deeper music experience and field tested in numerous performances throughout the year.  Jazz Band is in high demand and performs throughout the school year at various events in the community and competitively against other jazz groups in Southern California.  The course may be taken in both the Fall and Spring semesters. 

Eligibility:  This class is by AUDITION ONLY with permission from the instructor required for admittance.  Although the majority of students are Juniors and Seniors, experienced Freshmen and Sophomores who are currently taking private lessons are highly encouraged to audition for placement in this exceptional group.  Please note – this course rehearses daily during zero hour period (6:45 am – 7:35 am).  The auditions take place the 2nd day of school in the Fall semester during the zero period class.  9th and 10th grade students who wish to be in this ensemble must also be in another performing ensemble in the regular school day.

 

Click HERE for more information on the Millikan Instrumental Music Website