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Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble is offered to 10th – 12th grade students.  Placements into this class are made by auditions, which take place after school by instrument classification (brass, saxophone and rhythm section). Placements will occur the first week of April. This class is considered an advanced jazz course.




2021-2022 JAZZ CONTACT
Parent Liaison
Aram Boyd




2019-2020 Jazz Ensemble



Friday April 17th – 2020/2021 Jazz Program Auditions

Audition Requirements and Recording Instructions


Due to the school closure, the auditions for the 2020-2021 Jazz Program will be completely digital. Please read the following requirements and instructions carefully, all auditions are due by 3:00 pm on Friday, April 17th. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Nishida at bnishida @srvusd.net.


Audition Checklist:

  • Review the audition requirements and recording instructions
  • Record your audition video
  • Fill out the Jazz Program Application (this is also where you upload your audition video): Jazz Application Link
  • Once you have submitted your application you should receive a confirmation email in the email you provided

Audition Requirements (Saxophones, Trumpet, Trombone):

-Prepared piece of your choosing

-This piece should be in the swing style and no more than 24 measures

-F Dominant 7th Scale

-Please perform this scale as written on the scale sheet provided: F Dominant 7th Scale Link


Audition Requirements (Guitar, Piano, Bass):

-Prepared piece of your choosing

-This piece should be in the swing style and no more than 24 measures

-F Dominant 7th Scale

-Please perform this scale as written on the scale sheet provided: F Dominant 7th Scale Link

-Comping over a 12 Bar Blues

-Demonstrate your ability to comp over a basic 12 Bar Blues in F.

-Please use the following parts:

-Guitar: 12 Bar Blues Link

-Piano: 12 Bar Blues Link

-Bass: 12 Bar Blues Link



Update from Mr. Nishida

Hey Wolves,

I hope this message finds you and your families healthy and safe. As I am sure you are all aware, we will be participating in Distance Learning for the next two weeks. Although I would much rather be in class with all of you, I am looking forward to the opportunities that Distance Learning will provide us. I will be outlining what the next two weeks will look like for us as well as give you updates on where we stand for the rest of the school year.

After much thought on what would be most beneficial for us during this period I decided to base our online class on three concepts; Exploring, Enjoying, and Interacting. Exploring can look like reviewing music theory, discovering a new artist, or using online tools to explore different musical topics/concepts. Enjoying can look like playing your favorite piece of music or song on your instrument, listening to your favorite artist, or watching an online performance. Interacting can look like participating in a virtual ensemble, hosting an online jam session with your friends, or interacting with your classmates in our Google Classroom.

In order to participate in our Distance Learning, you will need to join our Google Classroom.

Here is how to do it:

  1. Sign in to your Student Google Account
  2. Go to classroom.google.com 
  3. Click on the + at the top right corner of the screen
  4. Select “Join Class”
  5. Enter the code: lp7mp3r 6.

And you’re in!

More information about how to use the Google Classroom and the different activities will be posted in the class itself.

As of right now Distance Learning will run until our Spring Break which begins on 4/6. However, given the current situation it is expected that this will be extended. This obviously has a huge impact on the rest of our school year. Due to the current school closure and government health guidelines the SRVUSD Band and Orchestra Festival (4/24-4/25) that was to be held in place of CMEA is canceled. Other events and performances may also be postponed or canceled but I want to be clear, no decision on remaining events or performances have been made. I will update you all as decisions are made but I plan on all events and performances to be held as scheduled until I am told otherwise.

I understand there are a lot of questions and confusion as to what will happen between now and the end of the school year. But given that the situation is constantly changing we will not be making any decisions until it is clear what the rest of the school year will look like. End of the Year Awards, Marching Leadership Auditions, Senior Solos, and Jazz Placements are on hold until we get further direction from the school district.

Lastly, I want to invite all of you to Google Meet, this is just an opportunity for us to see one another, check in, and dive into our Google Classroom. This will happen at 1:30 pm on Wednesday 3/25. I will send a link to join the Google Meet on Wednesday morning.

I understand that is new to all of us so if you have any questions or issues joining our Google Classroom please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be on email throughout the school day (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-3:30 pm), and I will do my best to answer your message as soon as possible. If your problem or concern cannot be addressed properly over email you can also schedule a video chat with me.

Stay healthy and I look forward to seeing you in our online classroom!


Brant Nishida









Congratulations to our very talented Jazz Musicians! 

The following students were accepted into the 2020 East Bay Jazz High School Allstars Band:
  • Evan Lacey
  • Andrew Hanze
  • Samantha Snow
  • Diego Mack (alternate)
  • Emily House (alternate.)

This is an audition based, prestigious jazz ensemble that rehearses every week for several hours and performs throughout the Bay Area through the year and into the summer. Performance schedule and more info can be found at eastbayjazz.org.





March 20 – Santa Cruz Jazz Festival

Unfortunately the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival has been canceled this year.






December 14 – SRVHS Invitational Jazz Festival

What a wonderful 2019 Invitational Jazz Festival hosted by SRVHS!  There were an abundance of wonderful Jazz bands performing, including our own award winning Jazz Ensemble!  



November 9 – Central California Band Review

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JAZZ ENSEMBLE! The Jazz Ensemble, led by Andrew Hanze, came in SECOND PLACE for Jazz at the Central California Band Review!


Jazz Attire

Reminder for all competitions and concerts:

  • Black suit jacket, white Tuxedo shirt, black bow-tie, black dress pants, black shoes
  • Black dresses and black shoes







2019-2020 Highlights


Contra Costa County Honor Jazz Band- March 8

Contra Costa County Honor Band – February 1

The amazing honor ensemble concert on 2/1/2020 celebrated its 30th year! Congrats to all of our students representing SRVHS!



Greenbrook Elementary Concert – January 29

Again, Big thanks to all our SRVHS Concert, Orchestra and Symphonic Band Volunteer helpers coming to play with the 5th grade Greenbrook band. Awesome encouragement for the elementary students to practice, practice practice!

Mr. Nishida and Mrs. Knight with most of the SRVHS student volunteers.


SRVHS Invitational Jazz Festival – December 14


Central California Band Review – November 9


Run for Education – October 13


Back-to-School Night – August 28