Saint Theodora’s Jazz Orchestra | Guerin Catholic High School


Saint Theodora’s Jazz Orchestra
Grade 10-12
1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Experience in any Guerin Catholic ensemble or music class

A traditional “big band” and is open to students who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, drums and guitar who have adequately developed technique on their instrument and are interested in performing jazz and popular music. The classes dig into many genres including swing, rock, funk, and latin styles. Literature for this ensemble will be selected from the standard “big band” and contemporary repertoire. Intervals, chord structure, chord progressions and improvisation will be studied. Students taking this course develop musicianship and specific performance skills through group and individual settings for the study and performance of the varied styles of instrumental jazz. The instruction includes the study of the history, formative, and stylistic elements of jazz. Students develop their creative skills through: (1) improvisation, (2) composition, (3) arranging, (4) performing, (5) listening, and (6) analyzing. Students are provided with opportunities to experience live performances by professionals during and outside of the school day. A limited amount of time outside of the school day may be scheduled for dress rehearsals and performances. In addition, a limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and music goals. Students must participate in performance opportunities, outside of the school day, that support and extend the learning in the classroom. This group participates in ISSMA Jazz Festival each spring. Jazz is a uniquely American art form, and GCHS Jazz students seek to preserve and perform it at its highest level!