Winter Session: January 4th - March 13th, 2020

Sunday Night Big Bands,
Stuart MacDonald,

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2018/2019 Sunday Night Big Bands with Stuart MacDonald

Jazz Night School is happy to announce Stuart MacDonald's return as director of our Sunday Night Big Bands. After a two-year sabbatical to earn his Masters Degree from University of Washington, Stuart is excited to lead our big bands again as they move into their next stage of learning experiences. Under the tutelage of a top-notch jazz director, our Sunday Night Big Bands will continue to provide advanced-beginner through intermediate skill level musicians opportunity to learn level-appropriate big band repertoire (usually five to seven pieces per 10-week session) and work on idiomatic ensemble skills and improvisation for those ready and interested.

Jazz Night School is revamping the Sunday Night Big Bands' placement process to provide more opportunity for entry and better grouping of similar skill levels. New bands will be formed and each will have two seats open for vocalists. 
Both early (5:45-7:15 pm) and late (7:30-9:00 pm) Big Bands will have 90 minute rehearsals once a week and will perform a Thursday evening concert of their music at the end of each session. Bands are formed to stay/play together Fall, Winter, and Spring Sessions but student movement between bands may occur throughout the year. Summer Session 1 will have one big band that will be open for everyone to enroll in and it will perform in July's Big Jazz In The Park concert in Columbia Park.

Low pressure placement auditions will be held before the beginning of the session (Sunday, September 23rd). Schedule details will be provided to students who sign up in advance. If you are unable to attend Band Placement Night, please let us know and we can schedule an individual placement appointment for an additional charge (up to $75). 

To register for a Sunday Night Big Band this session, select your instrument above and submit this form to let us know that you'd like to get into a band. Then be sure to attend Band Placement Night at Jazz Night School on the afternoon of Sunday, September 23rd. 
On Monday, September 24th we will send you an announcement of which band we invite you to join and a link to pay for your seat. Please use the notes field of this form to explain any time slot constraints that may impact your placement into either the early or late Big Band. 

Attendance, preparation of music, and attentive, respectful rehearsal etiquette are expected. Sight-reading skills are encouraged. Provided music is expected to be returned in good condition at the end of each ten week session.