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Jazz I
Swing Night
Jazz I @ Swing Night, 2017

Director: Eric Sayre

0 Hour (before school)

Audition Required

This ensemble performs many different genres of music including swing, bop, funk, rock, and more. Improvisation and stylistic interpretation is the focus of this group. Auditions for the jazz ensembles are held in early September of each school year.  Students can audition on traditional big band instruments: alto, tenor and bari sax, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, vibes, and drum set.  Jazz I performs four or more public concerts and gigs a year.

Jazz @ South

South High Jazz has a long tradition of quality jazz education. Currently, South has two full jazz ensembles that meet five days a week. All of South’s groups are very active in performance and strive to play at a high level. South Jazz has hosted numerous Jazz Festivals and has an annual swing dance, the South High Swing Night, which features classic big band vocal tunes sung by students along with a special guest vocalist, swing dance

Swing Night 2017
Swing Night 2017
lessons, and choreographed dances from our dance department. In 2011, Jazz at South High hit the airwaves on KBEM-FM, 88.5. The show featured big band performances from past and present ensembles as well as combo performances by current students. Jazz groups from South have been invited to perform all over the Twin Cities area including: Orchestra Hall, Ted Mann Concert Hall, Ordway, and Target Field. Special guests working and/or performing with South Jazz include: Delfeayo Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield, Victor Goines, Ali Jackson, Chris Crenshaw, Ted Nash, Michael Lewis (South Alum), Jose James (South Alum), Chris Thomson, Charmin Michelle, Connie Evingson, Steve Faison, Judi Donaghy, Dennis Spears, JazzMN Big Band, Doug Snapp, Bob Baca, and Steve Wright.

Jazz Auditions

Jazz auditions will be held September 12-15, 2017, before and after school. Sign up sheets will be posted the week before the auditions.

Follow this link to view the jazz audition information page.