The Elementary Jazz program has been a part of our music department for 13 years. The Elementary Jazz Band gives students added opportunities to explore their instruments and their interest in music. The music played by the jazz band will be more "popular," as we will explore the genres of swing, rock, funk, Latin, and many others. This is an extra ensemble, and students cannot participate in the jazz band without also participating in the regular Elementary Concert Band or Symphonic Band. The only exception to this is keyboard players who do not play a band instrument. Students are selected for the ensemble by audition.
Rehearsals are held at Red Lion Area Senior High School. Parents will need to be able to transport students to every rehearsal or arrange for transportation.
The ensemble meets every Monday evening from 6:30pm to 7:30pm beginning at the end of January.
Students should commit to striving for near perfect attendance at all rehearsals. Rehearsals in May, because we are getting closer to the concerts, are considered mandatory. Dress rehearsal and the performances are also mandatory.
Please check your schedules carefully and let us know of expected absences in advance. The specific calendar of rehearsals and performances is:
Rehearsals: January 22nd, 29th
February 5th, 12th, 26th (No Rehearsal on 19th)
March 12th, 19th, 26th (No Rehearsal on 5th)
April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th (April 2nd ONLY if school is in session*)
May 7th, 14th, 21st
** Mondays off are sometimes snow make-up days. If school is in session, we will have rehearsal.
Performances: (All performances subject to change.)
Late April, TBA: District Jazz Fundraiser
May 19th - Elementary Spring Band Concert
May 25th - Hershey Park Adjudication performance
Special Info For Saxophone Players
The maximum number of saxophone players we are able to accept in the ensemble is 9. This is broken down into 6 alto saxophone players and 3 tenor saxophone players. All elementary students begin playing alto saxophone as beginners. Being willing to learn and play tenor saxophone in eJazz will increase a student's chance of being accepted into the ensemble. The switch is not difficult. It mostly entails becoming comfortable with a larger mouthpiece and playing lower notes. The fingerings are identical. We have had many students make the switch and be very successful.
If you are willing to be considered for both alto and tenor saxophone, please let us know in the audition. Tenor saxophones are available from the school.
Students will be selected for the ensemble by audition. The audition will consist of one piece of music which is distributed ahead of time so that students can practice it. Students will also need to learn two scales. Students will also be asked a couple of questions, to "put them on the spot." The entire process should not take longer than 5 minutes.
Auditions for 2017-2018 will be on November 20th at Red Lion Senior High School in the band room, from 5:30pm to 8:10pm. Audition signups are online. You will need to select a 20 minute period for your audition. You can arrive at any point during that window of time.
Please completely fill out the online form and select the time you would like. If a time slot is missing, that means it has filled up and is no longer available.Click here to schedule your audition!
If you have any questions or problems scheduling your audition, please contact Mr. Rosenkrans email@example.com
or Mr. Kriebel firstname.lastname@example.org
If need be, we can schedule an audition time for you over the phone.
Audition materials can be downloaded by clicking below.
Piano, Bass, Guitar and Drum set: download "instructions for rhythm section" and be sure to read.