The Laurel Highlands Jazz Ensemble - MUS821
The Jazz Ensemble is a smaller more select group at Laurel Highlands. The Jazz Ensemble consists of 10th through 12th graders. Enrollment is by audition only. The 18-22 member ensemble performs standard and contemporary jazz literature from rock to swing and latin to funk.
The instrumentation usually consists of 2 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones, 1 baritone saxophone, 4-5 trombones, 4-5 trumpets, 1 piano, 1 guitar, 1 bass, 1-2 drummers.
The Jazz Ensemble rehearses every day for 45 minutes. All students interested in participating in Jazz Ensemble must audition in May the year before they wish to schedule the class. Interested students should check the band website and bulletin board for audition packets. Student auditions will be evaluated on tone, pitch and rhythmic accuracy, as well as technical ability. Sight reading could also be a part of this audition. The dress attire for all concerts and performances is concert black.During the boys basketball season, members of the Jazz Ensemble join forces with members of the marching band to form the Pep Band.