Jazz Band 1
Jazz Band 1 is the highest level of performing jazz group at Gulf Coast High School. Membership to this group is by audition only and big band balanced instrumentation. Students within this ensemble should be dedicated to performing at the highest level, as they will gain knowledge of and exposure to the finest jazz literature as well as advanced performing techniques in the jazz idiom. There will be regularly scheduled out-of-school time required for rehearsals and performances. This ensemble will perform for the FBA District and State Jazz MPA. Additionally, this group regularly auditions for nationally recognized events including the Essentially Ellington competition. In 2017 and 2019 this ensemble was invited to perform at the University of Central Florida’s Jazz Festival and has received straight superior ratings in all of its assessments for the last 7 years.
Jazz Band 2
There is a place for students of all skill levels in the Jazz Program at Gulf Coast High School. All interested in participating are encouraged to audition. Students in this class will gain knowledge of and exposure to the fine jazz literature as well as develop performing techniques in the jazz idiom. There will be regularly scheduled out-of-school time required for rehearsals and performances. This ensemble will perform for the FBA District and, if qualified, State Jazz MPA. In addition to the audition, all students are required to be enrolled in the appropriate concert band class for membership in jazz band.