Large Ensembles

Large Ensembles


This award-winning ensemble trains advanced high school musicians from throughout the Bay Area. Students develop technique, knowledge of jazz style and an ability to improvise through standard and contemporary big band repertoire. This ensemble performs frequently and participates in competitions throughout the United States. Jazzschool studio bands have played at Yoshi’s and Savanna Jazz, as well as jazz festivals in California, New York, Seattle, Idaho, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France and the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland. Students also participate in clinics and workshops with leading jazz educators. Full school year commitment is required. Instrumentation: 5 saxes, 5 trumpets, 5 trombones, guitar, piano, bass and drums. (Students earn the equivalent of one semester unit of credit per quarter.)

Director: Dave Eshelman

Fall Term Rehearsal Dates: Mondays 6:30 – 8 pm

9/23 – 12/2 (10 weeks) no class 11/25 Dave Eshelman

$230 Tuition Fee

AUDITION DATES – August 17 – 18, 2019

Studio Band Audition Requirements:

1. Play the melody and solo over a jazz standard of your choice, unaccompanied.
2. Play the prepared piece for your instrument. (download charts here)
3. You will also be asked to sight read a piece.

To schedule an audition, please fill out the ONLINE APPLICATION. After your application is received, you will be contacted within 1 – 2 weeks with an audition time. Auditions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and will be scheduled at the earliest available time. Students will be contacted with placement information following the audition.