Junior High Band
Jazz Band Tips

Give Written Jazz Band Tests

Since the Jazz Band students were tested quarterly in the concert bands on basic musicianship, we had fewer Jazz written tests per se. Instead of full-blown 100-question tests they were often just quizzes that didn't take all of our rehearsal period. (See Jazz Improvisation Study Guide and Sample Written Tests)

Video Disclaimer

The attached videos are not perfect examples of how each tune should be played. They are recordings of junior high students, some of whom have had their instruments for only a few months. Also, they are not professional recordings. They were taken by band parents using home equipment and naturally focusing on their own children.

I include them for two reasons: (1) To give you an idea of what the arrangements are like, and (2) To illustrate the kind of performance you can expect from your junior high students.