Conservatory Jazz Band

Wycliffe Gordon, Director

The conservatory jazz band is for high school students who sing or play piano, drums, bass, guitar, trumpet, trombone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, or baritone saxophone. 

Spring 2023 Schedule

Rehearsals take place Sunday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:30pm in the recital hall in the Fine Arts Center on the Summerville Campus of Augusta University.

Audition information: 

The audition will take place on Sunday, January 22nd starting at 6:30pm.  A specific audition time will be emailed to you.

Be prepared to play:

- a prepared piece or etude of your choice (jazz or classical),
- 5 major scales and arpeggios
- (optional) Improvising over three choruses of an F blues or Bb blues.

Audition Date:

Sunday, January 22

Rehearsal Dates:

February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 16

Concert Date:

Sunday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Augusta University Maxwell Theatre

*Please note that in order to participate, attendance is mandatory for all of the rehearsals and the performance.

Semester Fee: $120




conservatory jazz band

Wycliffe Gordon

Jazz Journalists Association named him 2020 “Trombonist of the Year” for the record breaking 13th time, and he’s topped Downbeat Critics Poll for “Best Trombone” again for an unprecedented six times (2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2013 & 2012). Last year he was the recipient of the “Louie Award”, the International Trombone Award and the Satchmo Award, among others. Wycliffe is a prolific recording artist and is extremely popular for his unmatched signature sound, plunger technique and unique vocals. He can be heard on hundreds of recordings, soundtracks, live DVD’s and documentaries. In addition to an exceptionally successful solo career, Gordon tours regularly leading his quintet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. He is commissioned frequently, and has an extensive catalog of original compositions that span the various timbres of jazz and chamber music. Musicians and ensembles of every caliber perform his music throughout the world and his arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe. Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor's "Jazz at the Kennedy Center" Series. Gordon is also one of America’s most persuasive and committed music educators, and serves as Director of Jazz Studies at Augusta University in Augusta, GA. Wycliffe Gordon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and has his own line of Wycliffe Gordon Pro Signature Mouthpieces by Pickett Brass.

Conservatory Wind Symphony

Michael Katterjohn, Director

This ensemble is open to High School band students who play brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Students must have experience with an honor ensemble (All State, All County, District, Region etc.). Students who would like to participate but have no experience in an honor band must have a written recommendation from their band director.

Spring 2023 Schedule


Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center on the Summerville Campus of Augusta University. 

January 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7, 14

Dress Rehearsal:

Sunday, March 19, 2:00 – 4:00pm in the FAC Recital Hall


Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the AU Maxwell Theatre



*Please note that in order to participate, attendance is mandatory for all of the rehearsals and the performance Conflicts with you school band are excused.


$100 per semester *There is a $10 discount for students who participate in both the Conservatory Wind Symphony and the Conservatory Jazz Band. Use the promo code S23JW when paying the fee for the Conservatory Jazz Band.


If you are interested in the first chair position or sitting higher in the section, you will audition at the first rehearsal on January 17th. If you do not want to audition you will be seated according to the information you supply on your registration form. The audition will be a solo piece of your choice which can be the all-state audition etude or something similar.


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