Jazz Programs

  • Washburne Jazz Ensemble and Lion Jazz Ensemble

    Washburne Jazz Ensemble and Lion Jazz are open to all District 36 students who can pass a basic audition on a band instrument. Reading music and knowing basic technique are important entry requirements. There are two Jazz Bands in our school district. Anyone playing saxophone, trumpet, trombone, electric or string bass, piano, guitar, mallets, or drum set may audition. Students are placed in either the Jazz Ensemble or the Lion Jazz Band based on their ability. Students may be added to either band throughout the year based on the needs of the students or the needs of the bands. 

    UNLESS YOU PLAY PIANO, GUITAR, OR BASS, YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN SYMPHONIC OR CONCERT BAND TO QUALIFY FOR WASHBURNE JAZZ ENSEMBLE OR LION JAZZ BAND.

    Washburne Jazz Ensemble meets on Mondays after school from 2:40pm to 4:00pm. Additional sectionals may be required before major concerts and events.

    Lion Jazz Ensemble meets on Fridays before school from 7:30am to 8:15am. Additional sectionals may be required before major concerts and events.

    Both Washburne Jazz Ensemble (WJE) and Lion Jazz Ensemble (LJE) meet in the Band Room at Washburne.

    Required materials:

    • Pencil
    • Student instrument
    • Ensemble music and folder

    The online calendar of Band and Jazz Band events can be found here.