Tuesday, May 27, 2014

JAMS Music announcements from Debra Schaaf

Music Announcements
First meeting of Friends of Jane Addams Music (FOJAM): Wednesday, June 11, 7 pm, JAMS Library: This organization will support the JAMS Music Department to ensure high-quality experiences for all music students. Please join us!!

Music Mailing List
If you haven’t already, please register your email address and child’s information here:

6th Grade Music Placement Audition Dates
There will be 4 levels each of Concert Band and String Orchestra available at JAMS next year. Try-outs for placement in Band and Orchestra Classes will be held Saturday, June 7 and Saturday, June 14 at JAMS. An audition is NOT necessary for students who wish to join band or orchestra for the first time, or who would like to begin a new instrument.
Students should bring their instrument and music/book, and should be prepared to play something that they feel they play well.
Here is the link to the sign-up for BAND (Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, all saxes, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion.): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4BAEAA2BABF58-band

Here is the link to the sign-up for ORCHESTRA: (Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4BAEAA2BABF58-orchestra

7th and 8th Grade Placement
Students from Hamilton and Eckstein Middle Schools will be placed in band or orchestra classes based on recommendations from Mr. Rowe, Mrs. Armaly, Mr. Escobedo, and Mr. Smith. Students transferring from other middle schools will need to audition for placement. Please use one of the links above to sign up.
Senior Jazz Audition Date
Admission to Sr. Jazz is by audition only; at least a year of Junior Jazz experience is required. Instrumentation is limited to standard big-band: alto, tenor and baritone saxes; trumpets; trombones; and rhythm section. Auditions for Senior Jazz Band will be held Friday, June 13 at JAMS. Students should be prepared to play:
Horns: (saxes, trumpets & trombones): two different major scales of their choice (one of which must be two octaves) and one chromatic scale (preferably two octaves), a piece that demonstrates understanding of jazz style, a demonstration of improvisation (optional; concert B flat blues is recommended. There are high-quality backing tracks available on Youtube for practice, or you can use Jamey Aebersold discs) and sight-reading.
Piano, bass, guitar: a prepared piece that demonstrates understanding of jazz style, a demonstration of improvisation (optional; concert B flat blues is recommended) and sight-reading
Drum Set: demonstrate steady time in three different styles: Swing, Latin of your choice, third style of your choice; sight-reading.
Although this sounds like a lot, I promise to keep this as low-key and low-stress as possible, and am thinking of this as a first opportunity to get to know students individually and to just find out what they know and can already do. If there’s something listed in the audition requirements that students are unsure of, DON’T PANIC! We’re here to learn!!
Here is the link to the sign-up for SR. JAZZ: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4BAEAA2BABF58-srjazz

Junior Jazz Sign-up
Junior Jazz is open to students who have at least one year of experience on their instrument. Sign-up forms will be available after the start of school. Junior Jazz will meet twice a week after school on Wednesdays and Fridays, and will be taught by Colin Pulkrabek.

Questions? Contact Deborah Schaaf: deschaaf@seattleschools.org

Instrument Rentals
If you are new to band or orchestra, you will need an instrument! Renting an instrument generally costs between $25 and $45 per month. Here is a list of shops that provide rental services:

The Bass Church: (specializing in double bass)
9716 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 784-6626

Bischofberger Violins: (Violin, viola cello)
1314 E John St
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 324-3119

Capitol Music Center:
1006 NE 50th Street
Seattle, WA  98105
(206) 622-0171

Hammond-Ashley Violins: (All orchestral strings, including double bass)
320 Third Ave NE
Issaquah, WA  98027
(425) 392-396

Kennelly Keys Music:
Across the street from Northgate Mall
10720 5th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 440-8299

Metropolitan Music:
8414 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 729-9299

Mills Music:
13500 Bel Red Road Suite A
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 643-3100

Seattle Sound Repair
4122 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA  98103
(206) 659-9023

It is the policy of the JAMS Music Department that every interested student be able to participate, regardless of his/her family’s ability to provide an instrument. If instrument rental causes financial hardship, please contact us about borrowing a school instrument.

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