Membership in EHS Jazz Ensembles

 
Jazz Ensemble at EHS is a co-curricular activity, and is an extension of our curricular ensembles.  Members of our co-curricular ensembles must be enrolled in one of the bands at EHS (with the exception of piano, bass, and guitar - which are non-concert band instruments). In addition, students pay a co-curricular fee in order to participate.

We are frequently asked if it's possible to be in jazz ensembles at EHS if you're an athlete. For most students, the answer is YES!  Rehearsals for jazz bands begin just as fall sports are wrapping up, and our annual spring concert is in March, just as spring sports are ramping up. The only exception might be Jazz I, on a year when Encore, on a rotating schedule, is in the spring.  (See the current Encore performance schedule below.) 

Auditions for Jazz Ensembles are held within the first few weeks of the school year. After initial auditions, membership is solidified for the remainder of the school year.

Notes regarding piano, guitar or bass players who are not enrolled in curricular band:
  • Guitar/Bass/Piano players who are not registered for band will be allowed to participate only in Jazz 1 or Winter Drumline based on the specific needs of the performances for those ensembles.
  • Guitar/Bass/Piano players who are not registered for band will be allowed to participate in these co-curricular ensembles only if the EHS Band Program does not have any qualified musicians to fill those roles first.
 
 
 

There are multiple jazz ensembles at EHS that fit the experience and commitment level of students with varying interests.
 
Jazz I
 directed by Mr. Pearson
 
Jazz I rehearses Mondays & from Wednesdays from 2:30 - 4:00

Jazz I will also serve as the on-stage feature instrumental ensemble for ENCORE! in December 2018. Performances are scheduled nightly at 7:00 pm on December 7, 8, 13, 14; a 3:00 matinee on Sunday, December 15.  A separate schedule of additional rehearsals related to ENCORE! will be provided later. Members of Jazz I should plan on the addition of Friday rehearsals in March and April, as well as daily or nightly rehearsals for 7-10 days prior to opening night of ENCORE! 



Jazz I 2018-19 Performances
  • December 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 2018: ENCORE performances, times as outlined above.
  • Mon, Dec. 17, 2018, 3:00 p.m., Annual Performance at Commons on Marice in Eagan.  (anticipated date, as yet unscheduled)
  • Tues, Dec. 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m. North Pyramid Concert with BHMS & DHMS Jazz Bands
  • Attendance at an annual college regional Jazz Festival. (An overnight trip, pending ISD 196 approval)  
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Spring Concert our featured guest artist
  • TBD, April 2019 - South Suburban Jazz Festival at Farmington HS, Jazz I only.
Additional performances may be scheduled as opportunities present themselves.
 
 


Jazz II
 directed by Mr. Benson

Jazz II rehearses Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:10-4:10 pm AT D.H.M.S.

Jazz II Performances
  • Mon, Dec. 17, 2018, 3:00 p.m., Annual Performance at Commons on Marice in Eagan.  (anticipated date, as yet unscheduled)
  • Tues, Dec. 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m. North Pyramid Concert with BHMS & DHMS Jazz Bands
  • Attendance at an annual college regional Jazz Festival. (An overnight trip, pending ISD 196 approval)  
 
Additional performances may be scheduled as opportunities present themselves.


Jazz III
 directed by Mr. Hart

 
A third jazz ensemble will be created in any year that student interest will staff it.  
Jazz III rehearses Thursdays from 3:10-4:40 pm at DHMS.


Jazz III Performances
 
  • Tues, Dec. 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m. North Pyramid Concert with BHMS & DHMS Jazz Bands
  • Attendance at an annual college regional Jazz Festival. (An overnight trip, pending ISD 196 approval)  
 


Invite a Jazz Band to perform for you 
Jazz I often accepts invitations to perform for events outside of EHS (November through April), including grand openings of local businesses, holiday parties, conventions, etc. Although we have no specific "fee" for performance, a minimal donation to cover transportation expenses is often necessary.

Past Guest Artists with EHS Jazz Bands
1996 - DR. ROBERT KASE, Trumpet 
1997 - TIM PRICE, Saxophones & Bassoon 
1999 - TWIN CITIES JAZZ ORCHESTRA 
2000 - KENNI HOLMEN, Saxophone 
2001 - DAVE SAMUELS, Vibraphone & Marimba (w/Jazz I at MMEA) 
2002 - STAN BANN BIG BAND 
2003 - JOHN AHERN, Trumpet (& alto sax) 
2004 - DAVID HAGEDORN, Vibes, with J.T. Bates - drums, and Chris Bates - bass 
2005 - DR. BRUCE THORNTON, Clarinet & Saxophone 
2006 - NOVA CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ORCHESTRA 
2007 - JAZZAX, w/saxophonists David Milne, Michael Walk, Pete Whitman, Greg Keel
2008 - DOUG LITTLE & SEVEN STEPS TO HAVANA 
2009 - JAZZMN BIG BAND 
2010 - MICHAEL NELSON, Trombone 
2011 - ACME JAZZ COMPANY BIG BAND
2012 - DAVE JENSEN, Trumpet
2013 - ADAM MECKLER JAZZ ORCHESTRA
2014 - GREG KEEL, Saxophone
2015 - SCOTT AGSTER, Trombone
2016 - TWIN CITIES LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
2017 - BRAD SHERMOCK & ADAM ROSSMILLER, Trumpet
2018 - KENNI HOLMEN, Saxophone 
2019 - TBA