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Jamaican Ska Ensemble



This performance-based course explores the exciting realm of Jamaican “ska” music. The ensemble will study the early popular styles, primarily from the late 1950s to mid-60s, that later gave rise to rocksteady and reggae. Repertoire will focus on foundational artists like Don Drummond, Baba Brooks, Tommy McCook, Prince Buster and the legendary Skatalites.

Mondays 8:15 – 9:45pm
7/7 – 8/18 (7 weeks)
Scott Larson • $280

The Jazzschool Community Music School (JCMS) offers numerous performance ensembles for beginning, intermediate and advanced instrumentalists and vocalists. Students are placed in ensembles by audition and requirements may include the following: playing selected scales; playing and/or improvising over a piece of your choice; improvising over a 12-bar blues or other pieces provided at the audition; and sight-reading. Drummers are asked to play various grooves and solo; bassists are asked to play bass lines.

New JCMS ensemble students: To apply for an ensemble please fill out the ensemble application form. Once your application form has been received you will be contacted to schedule an audition.

Students who have previously been enrolled in JCMS ensembles: Please also fill out the ensemble application form. An audition may not be required depending on which ensemble(s) you are applying for.

Please click here for ensemble audition guidelines.


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