Jazz opens up an entirely new dimension for students in the Thousand Oaks Instrumental Music Department. It gives students an opportunity to experience and experiment with new styles of music. A broad range of jazz styles is explored including examples of: bebop, swing, Latin, rock, etc. Members are encouraged to improvise.
Members of the Jazz Ensembles perform with the following instrumentation:
Alto, Tenor and Bari Saxes
Piano, Guitar, Bass
Trap Set (Drum Set)
Thousand Oaks High School includes two jazz ensembles: the AM Jazz Band and PM Jazz Bands, and many smaller ensembles are formed as needed. Placement into these ensembles is determined by audition. Both Jazz Ensembles perform for school activities, concerts and in various Jazz Festivals in the spring.
AM Jazz Band
The Am Jazz Ensemble is the top Jazz Band at Thousand Oaks High School. The members of this ensemble are selected through audition held in Late Spring. Most of AM Jazz ensemble members are in other instrumental concert ensemble classes with the exception of Guitar, Bass and Piano. This is yearlong class, which meets at 7:00 AM, Monday through Friday, hence the name AM Jazz.
The AM Jazz Ensemble performs at the annual dinner dance and silent auction, sponsored by the TOHS Band Boosters, featuring the big band music of the 1940's.
PM Jazz Band
The PM Jazz Ensemble is designed for Beginning and Intermediate Jazz Students. Both PM Jazz Ensembles meet during the second semester on Tuesday and Thursday from 3 – 5 PM.
Last Revision: 2011-03-29