Symphonic Jazz Ensemble @ L-S

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L-S Symphonic Jazz Ensemble


The Symphonic Jazz Ensemble is comprised of Symphonic Band students interested in exploring the language of jazz music in a big band (large group) setting.

Areas covered within the context of the course: Learning how to play stylistically in the various dialects of jazz, studying the history behind the sound from the different eras of jazz, emphasizing the importance of individual expression through improvisation.

The Jazz Ensemble performs at L-S Concerts throughout the year, potentially at area educational jazz festivals such as the MA IAJE Jazz Festival, and the Berklee High School Jazz Festival. The jazz groups present an annual jazz concert in February with a guest group, the Worcester Jazz Orchestra and the Indian Hill Big Band have performed with the L-S Jazz Ensemble and provided master classes for the students in the past.

Please Note: There are no auditions for Jazz Ensemble. All students enrolled for Symphonic Band have the option to sign up for Jazz Ensemble at course registration time or during the first week of classes. How does this work? Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble are scheduled for the same class period and alternate rehearsals throughout the L-S white and blue week class schedules.

Members of the Symphonic Jazz Ensemble may audition for the MMEA Eastern Junior and Senior District Jazz Bands and subsequently the All State Jazz Band.




Jazz Ensemble 2005-06


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Nov. 23, 2011 Pre-Thanksgiving Jazz Performance Info.

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. ~Charlie Parker


Listen to Charts we are currently working on for 2011-12


Steep & Deep


Cousin Mary

Boogie Lou

Sack of Woe

My Little Suede Shoes


Literature 2010-2011


Minnie The Moocher


Hey Pachuco

Calle Ocho

A Nasty Bit Of Blues

No Pain No Gain

I Don't Know

Bradley's Revenge

Count Me In


Literature 2009-2010

Birk's Works

Comin' Home Baby

Brick House

Bay Side Groovin


Moten Swing Background Track m. 76-83 (M.J. email me for additional info)

Come Fly With Me

The Chant




Congrat's to our 2012 MMEA Junior District Honor Group Participant!

Cam Kinney. Elec. Bass, Jazz Band


The Worcester Jazz Orchestra was the special guest group at our Jazz Concert on Feb. 12th 2009. Students received technique and improvisation clinics from the members and performed a joint selection in the concert with this outstanding group. Link to Poster This event was funded by the L-S Friends of Music, The David French Music Company, and additionally this program is supported in part by a grant from the Sudbury Cultural Council which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  


Congrat's to our 2008-09 MMEA Junior District Honor Group Participant!

Anderson Koenig Jazz Trombone First Chair



Congrat's to our 2007-08 MMEA Senior District Honor Group Participant!

Prescott Blackler Jazz Trombone '08 *

*All State Audition Recommendation


The L-S Jazz Ensemble and Select Jazz Combo performed at Berklee High School Jazz Festival on Feb. 9th. Senior Alto Saxophonist Paul Antion who was awarded two Judges Choice Awards in the combo and ensemble category and an Outstanding Musicianship Award for the Level 1 Ensemble Class. Kudos' also go to senior Alex Muri for a Judges Choice Award for his musicianship skills on the bass.

Listen to L-S Jazz Recordings

LS Friends of Music


Instrumentalist Music Company Louis Armstrong Jazz Award Winners:

Aaron Vale 2011

Chris Nifong 2010

Adriel Ferguson & Max Koenig 2009

Paul Antion 2008

Daniel Glanz 2007

Michael Taylor, Max Rose & Jeremy Murray 2006







The Feb. 15, 2007 Jazz Concert Featured The L-S Jazz Ensemble and Select Jazz Combo With Special Guests: The Indian Hill Big Band, Manuel Kaufmann Director


The Indian Hill Big Band


The Feb. 16, 2006 Jazz Concert Featured The L-S Jazz Ensemble and Select Jazz Combo With Special Guests: The Worcester Jazz Orchestra, Eric French Director.

Worc Jazz Orch


Jazz Combo Auditions 2012-13


Learn About Jazz...


Artist Bios and Recording Information


Area Jazz Clubs



Acton Jazz Cafe


Theory and Improvisation Websites and Materials/Aides

Learn about theory and test your interval and chord recognition on the trainers @

Free: Download the jazz handbook and order background tracks @ Jamey Aebersold's

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