Citrus Hills Intermediate School
Jazz Ensemble Program


Standard Big Band Jazz Instrumentation includes:

Alto Saxophone (2 to 4 players)

Tenor Saxophone (2 to 4 players)

Baritone Saxophone (1 to 2 players)

Trombone (4 to 8 players)

Trumpet (4 to 8 players)

Electric Guitar (0 to 2 players)

Electric Bass (1 to 2 players)

Piano (1 to 3 players)

Drum Set (1 to 2 players)


The purpose of Jazz Ensemble is to:

• introduce the students to various jazz styles by listening to examples of professional artists and performing challenging compositions.

• introduce students to unique articulations, dynamic markings, and phrasing appropriate to the style being studied.

• introduce and develop improvisational skills.

• develop in each student a sense of responsibility to himself/herself and to others in the group.
• help each student realize a sense of pride in the work he/she produces through focused preparation and attention to directions.

• develop self-control, discipline and independence as it relates to classroom behavior and individual practice.


• Tone Production (a concept of fine tone and the skills needed to achieve it, as well as the development of professional tone control techniques)

• Scales (all major scales, two octaves and the chromatic scale for the full range of the instrument; also, common blues scales and any other scales that relate to the improvisation being studied)

• Technique (selected scales and jazz etudes requiring progressive facility in the areas of fingering, range, rhythm and musicianship)

• Intonation (recognition of good / poor intonation and the ability to apply corrective techniques)

• Musicality (knowledge of all tempo, stylistic and dynamic markings encountered)

• Performance (participation in at least four public performances and two jazz festivals)

• Listening (being able to critically listen to other band performances and professional improvisation solos)

• Identifying (being able to identify major jazz artists by name, instrument, and style)




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