Sun Prairie Jazz Links:
Sun Prairie High School Jazz I:
Sun Prairie High School Jazz II:
Sun Prairie High School Jazz III:
Sun Prairie Annual Big Band Dance - Saturday Dec. 2
Ron Carter brings the Art of Swing to SPHS!
He also mentioned that the key to Duke Ellingtons' music was to be sure that no two accents were the same. He was looking for balance and conversation in all parts of the band. Another major point he brought up was singing along with the original recordings and recording yourself the better hear what you are playing. Playing jazz is like cooking: listening to recordings and singing is like cooking from the recipe in the cookbook and then as you get to know the recipe you start to add some of your own spices to make your cooking personal. Just like playing jazz, learn to emulate the recordings of the masters and then make it personal by adding things you have heard and transcribed in the listening process.
Always great to have Ron Carter in the house....
About SPHS Jazz:
The Sun Prairie High School Jazz Ensemble Program consists of three performing jazz ensembles as well as multiple jazz combos. The bands meet as an extracurricular activity two to three times per week from October through March, student run sectionals. The Jazz Ensembles include students in grades 10-12 and all jazz students must also perform in the concert band. All bands perform concerts locally and host an annual big band dance in December.
The SPHS Jazz Ensemble I has traveled throughout the Midwest and Germany and have earned numerous awards and performed at several conventions, including the Midwest Clinic with Wynton Marsalis. The band has been recently featured statewide at the Martin Luther King celebration in Madison and the Mary Lou Williams tribute concert, also held in Madison. They have been an “Essentially Ellington” finalist in New York eight times, placing third three times.
Over the past several years students of the ensembles have had the opportunity to host and interact with great jazz musicians at SPHS. A partial list includes:
as well as mentors
The band also hosts its annual Sun Prairie JazzFest during February attracting bands from across the state and clinicians from across the country.