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The Westlake High School Jazz Program

 
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STUDIO JAZZ ENSEMBLE I

This audition only ensemble is for the most advanced jazz musician. This ensemble studies improvisation and performs jazz literature of an advanced level. Studio Jazz will perform in festivals and concerts outside of the Thousand Oaks area. On average, Studio Jazz reads through 100-125 big band tunes, from a wide variety of composers and arranges, covering many styles and genres, in class, each year. They also perform 40-50 different charts at festivals, concerts, and "gigs." Students are encouraged to write and arrange their own music, bring it to class and rehearse it with the band. Studio Jazz has recorded seven albums "Hit the Ground Running" 2008; "Logistics" 2010; "Necessary Tools" 2012, "Midwest LIVE" 2012, "Studio:Unflitered" 2014, "Analogies" 2016, & "CASMEC LIVE" 2017.

Saxophonists are expected to double on flute and clarinet. Concurrent enrollment is required in a concert band class for wind and percussion players, and an orchestra class for bass players - special exceptions for piano and guitar players. A tuner and metronome are required. Students receive 5 units of UC approved fine arts credit for every semester enrolled in this course. Auditions are held in late May for the next school year.  This course meets during the school day for the full year. Private instruction is highly recommended.

Studio Jazz Ensemble I performs annually at the Fall Concert, Winter Concert, Newbury Park Jazz festival, Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival (when accepted), Spring Concert, WHS Jazz festival, & the All District Band Festival.

 

LAB JAZZ ENSEMBLE II

This audition only ensemble is for the intermediate/advanced jazz musician. This ensemble continues the study of jazz literature and improvisation of the intermediate to advanced level. Lab Jazz performs in festivals and concerts outside of Thousand Oaks. Saxophonists are expected to double on flute and clarinet. Concurrent enrollment in band is required for wind and percussion players, orchestra is required for bassists - special exceptions for piano and guitar players. A tuner and metronome are required. Students will register for 2nd semester 8th period Jazz Band and receive 5 units of UC approved fine arts credit for the semester. Auditions for Lab Jazz are held in late May. Rehearsals start after school in September, one day a week from 3:00 - 4:30, and then expand to three days a week in December. Private instruction is strongly encouraged.

Lab Jazz Ensemble II performs annually at the Winter Concert, Newbury Park Jazz festival, Spring Concert, WHS Jazz festival, & the West Ranch Jazz festival.

 

CONCERT JAZZ ENSEMBLE III

This ensemble is open to anyone; NO audition is required for participation. Students will meet after school two days per week, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm, during the spring semester, starting in late January. This is an excellent training ensemble for the beginning and novice jazz student. However, this is not a beginning band class; it is a beginning jazz class. Students will register for 2nd semester 8th period Jazz Band and receive 5 units of UC approved fine arts credit for the semester.

Concert Jazz Ensemble III performs annually at the Spring Concert, WHS Jazz festival, & the West Ranch Jazz festival.

 

JAZZ COMBOS I, II, III, IV

Jazz combos are smaller jazz ensembles comprised of 3-8 jazz musicians. Instrumentation varies in each combo. Jazz Combos meet once a week after school OR AT LUNCH and perform at community functions, concerts and jazz festivals. A wide variety of combo literature, including standards and original composition are rehearsed. Students are highly encouraged to compose/arrange music for these ensembles. A significant curriculum focus is on the development of improvisation. Prior experience is preferred, but not required. Combos are led by professional jazz musicians. Past instructors include Brian Scanlon, Matt Harris, Ed Smith & Wayne Jones.