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About the Jazz Bands

There are 4 Jazz Bands @ RHS:

Jazz 1, Jazz 2, Jazz Gold & Jazz Blue

All Jazz Bands meet after school, December - March:

  • Jazz Blue - one rehearsal per week, 2:30-4 PM (day determined by student members), NO AUDITION!                                                                                      
  • Jazz Gold - one rehearsal per week, 2:30-4 PM (day determined by student members), NO AUDITION! 
  • Jazz 2 - Experienced jazz performers, audition required for open positions, two rehearsals per week:  Monday's 2:30-4:00 PM & Thursday’s 4:00-  5:30 PM
  • Jazz 1 - Experienced jazz performers, audition required for open positions, two rehearsals per week:  Monday's 4:00-5:30 PM & Thursday’s 2:30-4:00 PM, AND OnStage (involves several additional rehearsals & performances)

All Jazz Bands participate in an annual Jazz Festival and Jazz Concert at RHS.

As a member of any Jazz Band, you must commit to attending ALL rehearsals & performances.

Jazz Quotes

Only play what you hear. If you don't hear anything, don't play anything.   ~ Chick Corea

A beat is a moment in the life a groove.   ~ Wynton Marsalis

Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise...    ~ George Gershwin

Jazz washes away the dust of every day life.    ~ Art Blakey

Remember, information is not knowledge; knowledge is not wisdom; wisdom is not truth; truth is not beauty; beauty is not love; love is not music; music is the best.   ~ Frank Zappa

I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball.   ~ Frank Zappa

There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.    ~  Frank Zappa

Jazz is a mental attitude rather than a style. It uses a certain process of the mind expressed spontaneously through some musical instrument. I'm concerned with retaining that process.    ~ Bill Evans

Blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread--without it, it's flat.    ~ Carmen McRae

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.    ~ Charles Mingus

It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play.    ~ Dizzy Gillespie

Silence also swings.    ~ John Mehegan

Do not fear mistakes, there are none.    ~ Miles Davis

I think that a musician is like a doctor, he's supposed to heal people and make them feel better.~ Steve Turre

Jazz is freedom. You think about that.    ~ Thelonius Monk

Jazz tickles your muscles, symphonies stretch your soul   ~ Paul Whiteman

A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.   ~ Benny Green

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.   ~ Duke Ellington

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.

~ Charlie Parker

Music is mysterious because life is mysterious.  Artistic expression reaches toward God.  Music needs emotion because people can hear emotion.  We all have opportunities to express ourselves in various ways, some of us are lucky to have been given the gift to do this through music.   ~ Tom Harrell

Make no mistake, jazz music is for everyone. Jazz is not an exclusive, elite club. Go ahead, listen to your Snoop Doggy Dog, Pearl Jam, Garth Brooks, but add a little Ellington, Basie and Coltrane to your life as well.   ~ Christian McBride







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