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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.


YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN SYMPHONIC OR CONCERT BAND TO QUALIFY FOR WASHBURNE JAZZ ENSEMBLE OR LION JAZZ BAND.If you are on a non-traditional instrument (bass, piano/keyboard, guitar), please see Mr. Chester or Mr. Vowles to decide what you will play in the regular band sessions!

Washburne Jazz Ensemble meets on Mondays after school from 2:40pm to 3:30pm. 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
  • Schoology access

Jazz performances and field trips for both WJE (Washburne Jazz Ensemble) and LJE (Lion Jazz Ensemble) can be found on the Band Calendar.

If you would like to play in Jazz Band on Drum Set, Guitar, Bass, or Piano, we can direct you to some good teachers at NTHS and in the area so that you can audition for the separate group when you are ready. See Mr. Vowles or Mr. Chester for more information, and to set up joining regular ensembles so that you qualify for Jazz Bands.

  • To learn more about the overall Band program, visit the main Band page
  • To see student testimonials or look at the choices of instrument available to learn in Band, visit the Instruments Page