Jazz Band

Jazz Band

Summer Jazz Band Events:

Summer Jazz Jams:  VHS students interested in jazz are invited to take part in the Summer Jazz Jams at Saugus High School!!  This is a free event and open to all Hart District students and alum.

Where:  Saugus High School Band Room

When:
June 27, 2019:  7:00pm – 9:00pm
July 11, 2019:  7:00pm – 9:00pm
July 25, 2019:  7:00pm – 9:00pm

Bring:  Your instrument (drums, cymbals, amps, piano, and vibes provided), tunes you know and/or a real book, food for a potluck.

This is a fun, low-pressure playing experience.  Hope to see you there!!

Saugus High School Jazz Director, Bob Grigas


Jazz Band Auditions – Fall 2019 Semester

Auditions:  Thursday, August 8th 2019

Click here to download VHS Jazz Audition Information Page.

All students interested in joining jazz band this Fall need to audition.  Auditions will be held on August 8, 2019.  Audition times TBD.  See this link below to sign up for times.

Audition Requirements

In addition to preparing the mandatory Jazz Etudes (specific to each instrument – links below), instrumentalists must also be prepared with the following:

Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Bass, and Vibraphone will demonstrate the ability to play all 12 major scales playing quarter notes at minimum of 120bpm.

Drums will demonstrate playing in the styles of bossa nova (quarter note = 108)

For students interested in joining VHS Jazz Combo, you will be required to improvise two 12 bar choruses over Bb Blues.  Rhythm section instruments (guitar, piano, bass, drums, vibes) interested in joining combo will be required to demonstrate one chorus of comping on Bb Blues as well.  Play along recording below.

Click here for Audition Time Sign Up.

Please contact Emilio Terranova, VHS Jazz Band Director, with any questions at [email protected].

Jazz Band Instrumentation:

Saxophones (2 altos, 2 tenors, 1 bari) Instrument and chair seating will be determined from your placement audition.  Any saxophonist can be placed on any instrument, ALTO, TENOR, or BARI, for the best overall ensemble.

Trumpets (maximum of 5 trumpeters)  Any trumpeter may be placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th (or 5th if needed).  Seating will be determined from your placement audition.

Trombones (3 tenors and 1 bass) Any trombonist may be placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd or Bass Trombone.  Seating will be determined from your placement audition.

Guitar A maximum of two guitarists will be admitted to play with the ensemble.

Piano A maximum of two pianists will be admitted to play with the ensemble.

Bass (preferably acoustic) A maximum of two bassists will be admitted to play with the ensemble.

Drum Set A maximum of two drummers will be admitted to play with the ensemble.

Vibraphone One vibraphonist will be admitted to play with the ensemble.

Jazz Audition Music Links:

Alto Sax Audition Music

Bari Sax Audition Music

Tenor Sax Audition Music

Trombone Audition Music

Trumpet Audition Music

Bass Audition Music

Guitar Audition Music

Drums Audition Music

Vibes Audition Music

Bb Blues (Concert Pitch)

Bb Blues Play Along


VHS Jazz Band Mission Statement:  

The Valencia High School Jazz Program is dedicated to providing a safe and encouraging environment for musicians to build their musical skills culminating in performances of authentic and entertaining jazz concerts.  Students are often challenged and encouraged to think critically to overcome musical hurdles through collaboration, hard work, and determination.  Through this process, students will develop pride, self-confidence, and discipline that can be applied to all aspects of life.  Our band room is a friendly, all-inclusive space free of judgement where all members are encouraged to be their authentic selves.  Through jazz we hope to inspire empowerment, excellence, and community.

Emilio Terranova
Jazz Director
Valencia High School
[email protected]