Dear Roosevelt Jazz Fam,
Audition results for the 2023-2024 school year are out! All of the directors, myself included, are so impressed by the growth, hard work, and high levels of preparation we’ve seen from every single student who played for us. My heart is overflowing. I’m so dang proud of each of you. It takes so much courage to audition and you all did SO well. The vibe in each audition room was so supportive and positive. You are an incredible group of students and I hope that regardless of your placement, YOU are proud of your hard work, too. This is your loving reminder that your band placement does NOT determine your worth as a musician, nor does it determine your worth as a person. The overall level of musicianship at Roosevelt is so high, and placement into ANY of our groups is an achievement. Your directors have spent meticulous care in curating these rosters and ensuring that each of you is in the ensemble that is the best possible fit.
I’d also like to announce the reinstatement of Jazz Band 4! 🥳The addition of this group is to the benefit of EVERYONE in our program! Because of this implementation, students in every ensemble will get more playing time and more opportunities for individualized instruction: both are recipes for a faster pace of musical growth and an all around more fun experience! This ensemble will meet at the same time as JB3, in a different room, and will be taught by the one and only Deb Schaaf! Deb is an incredible educator and we are SO fortunate she agreed to be on our team. All four of us are stoked for Jazz Band 4 and know that the students are the real winners of this addition.
Now that the 2023-2024 ensembles are placed, I have three action items for our jazz students:
- If you are a Jazz Band 1 member for this school year, and this placement will affect your ability to stay enrolled in a second music ensemble (such as percussion or Wind Ensemble), please reply to this email ASAP to let us know. This may result in some shuffling of personnel in our other ensembles.
- If you are in Vocal Jazz, JB2, JB3, or JB4, and are NOT currently enrolled in a curricular pd 1-6 music ensemble, please send the directors email so we can help solve that for you. I know that a couple of incoming freshmen have touched base with me about this already – go ahead and reply to this email anyways to confirm that I have you on my list.
- If you are a pianist in Vocal Jazz, JB2, JB3, or JB4, and would prefer to enroll in CHOIR rather than percussion ensemble to be an accompanist, go ahead and reply to this email as well! If you are a guitarist and would rather SING in choir than play in percussion ensemble, that applies as well! We will get you placed in the right class.
Stay tuned this summer for communication about our calendar for next school year and our events upcoming this fall! Students and their parents should be notified by email of their 2023-2024 placements. If that is not the case, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for all the work that you’ve poured into your musical journey thus far, and I cannot WAIT to see you all in the fall! 💚
All ensemble lists are alphabetical order by section.
Jazz Band 1
Sky Van Scoyoc
Jazz Band 2
Jazz Band 3
Theo Van Scoyoc
Jazz Band 4