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.
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.
The first rehearsal will serve as the audition. Please bring a prepared piece or etude of your choice (jazz or classical) to play. Improvisation is optional. You will be notified via email before the second rehearsal if you are accepted into the group. The $120 registration fee will be due before the second rehearsal.
September 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13
Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00pm
at the Augusta University Maxwell Theatre
*Please note that in order to participate, attendance is mandatory for all of the rehearsals and the performance.
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This ensemble is open to High School band players who play brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Students must have experience with an honor ensemble (All State, All County, District, Region etc.). Student who would like to participate but have no experience in an honor band must have a written recommendation from their band director.
*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 S22JW 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 18th. If you do not want to audition you will be seated according to the information you supply on you registration form. The audition will be a solo piece of your choice which can be the all-state audition etude or something similar.