At Mercer Island High School, two morning Jazz Bands and the Jazz Ensemble accommodates all Mercer Island High School students with an interest in playing jazz. In addition, all interested eighth grade students also have the opportunity to play in the IMS Jazz Ensemble.
Auditions. Students audition in the Spring for placement in one of the High School Jazz Bands. The 8th Grade Jazz band is open to all interested students in 8th grade.
Rehearsals. The MIHS Jazz Ensemble meets as a class during 7th period. Sectionals and additional out-of-class rehearsals should also be expected. The MIHS morning Jazz Bands and 8th grade IMS Jazz Ensemble meet two days a week before school.
Festivals and Travel. All district Jazz bands perform and travel to festivals during the school year, sometimes during class time or on weekends.
What to Expect:
- Early May – Current grade 8-11 students audition for Jazz band placement for following year.
- November – High School Jazz Bands perform at Eastshore Jazz Festival
- Mid-December – All Jazz Bands play at Crossroads Mall
- January – Jazz Ensemble and Morning Jazz 1 to EWU Jazz Dialogue Festival
- February – 8th Grade Jazz to Eastshore Jazz Festival
- March – 8th grade Jazz attends Frontier Jazz Festival; High School Jazz bands attend Jazz Northwest Festival
- April – All jazz bands play in the Mercer Island School District Jazz Band Concert
- May – All jazz bands play in Bellevue Jazz Festival; Auditions for following year Jazz bands; Jazz ensemble plays Mother’s Day gig at Tula’s
- June – End of year MIHS Jazz Band Concert