2017-2018 Jazz Ensemble

  • Course Description: This course is open to all instrumentalists grades 9-12 by audition. (Prior participation does not guarantee a position for the coming school year.) Cp2 credit is awarded to enrolled 9th graders. This is a comprehensive course focused on jazz music for the advanced musician. Students perform a variety of music from the Big Band era to the contemporary styles. Jazz theory, history and improvisation are taught. This ensemble typically performs for three concerts within the school year and two parades. Instrumentalists are given the opportunity to participate in district and state festivals. Students are required to audition for either the All-Cape or Southeast District Music Festival to retain honors credit. Note: For the 2017-2018 school year, the Jazz Ensemble will also combine with the Wind Ensemble for performances due to instrumentation issues.

    Mandatory Performances: (Arrival times are TBD)

    • Falmouth Christmas Parade: Sunday, December 3 @ 12:00 pm
    • FHS Instrumental Concert: Thursday, December 14 @ 7:00 pm
    • MAJE District Festival: Tuesday, February 27 time TBD
    • MAJE State Finals: TBA
    • All–Band Night: Wednesday, March 14 @ 7:00 pm
    • Evening of Jazz: Friday and Saturday April 6 & 7
    • FHS Spring Concert: Thursday, May 17 @ 7:00 pm
    • Memorial Day Parade: Monday, May, 28 @ 9:30 pm
    • Graduation: Saturday, June 2 @ 10:30 am

    Concert Dress: Concert dress is described below. If students are not in concert dress for performances, they will not perform. Minor infractions (wrong color socks, no nylons/tights) will result in loss of credit points.

    Men for Jazz: Black dress shirt, black jacket, black pants, black shoes, black socks (higher than ankle), and a tie (either bow tie or long). Please note: A White Dress shirt will also be required for performances with the wind ensemble.

    Women: Either Black Dress or Black top (at least ¾ sleeves) and pants/skirt, Black Shoes (closed toe), black socks/nylons/tights.

    Winter Parade: Black Pants and Black Shoes. They will also wear an FHS Marching Band Jacket, given out the morning of the parade.

    Memorial Day Parade: Solid White Shirt, Blue Jeans, and Sneakers.