Middle School Jazz All-Stars
Formed in the 2010-2011 school year, the Middle School Jazz All Stars was formed to give aspiring students an introduction to the Jazz genre in a traditional big-band format. Students are exposed to a variety of jazz sub-genres as well as basic improvisation. Mr. Ambrose, along with Mr. Novoselich, and mentor students from GHHS work with students every Monday from 3-4:30 pm. 7th and 8th grade saxophone, trombone, trumpet, bass, guitar, piano, and percussion students are encouraged to join. If you play an instrument other than listed above, please talk with a director to determine what accommodations can be made.
Recordings of our Concert music
How to join
Our first rehearsal will be in late October/Early November. Students just need to show up to the first rehearsal to receive an enrollment form. Students must return the enrollment form along with a check payable to "GHAPS" for $10.00 for a MSJA shirt by the next rehearsal.
The MSJA meet every week on Mondays from 3:00-4:30 pm in the Lakeshore Middle School band room. Snacks are provided. Students are expected to be prepared for every rehearsal as there are typically 15 rehearsals from the start of second semester to the Collage performance.
The MSJA will perform at our February "Swingin' Jazz Thing" and the year-end Collage concert hosted by the middle school music department.
Into High School
MSJA students wishing to continue in Jazz at GHHS must perform an audition in late May that will consist of playing a selected tune from the "Real Book" and perform a two-chorus solo over 12-bar blues. The Buccaneer Big Band (Jazz Band) at GHHS meets daily during "0" hour from 6:50 to 7:40 am. No transportation is provided, but several students carpool.