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Pop Ensemble for Gigging Musicians

An overview of essential tunes for today’s dance gigs. Ranging from classic songs
by Stevie Wonder, Al Green and Aretha Franklin to contemporary party hits by Daft Punk, Pharrell, Katy Perry and others. Rhythm section players learn to navigate real-world gig scenarios such as learning tunes by ear and working with lyric sheets. All tunes have complete horn arrangements and lots of solo space for everyone! Open to alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, trumpet, trombone, piano, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, percussion and up to four vocalists.

Thursdays 6:30 – 8 pm
9/22 – 12/1 (10 weeks) no class 11/24
Rich Armstrong • $395


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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