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From the bayou to the Windy City, jazz lives in the roots of America.
Explore those roots at GCC with beginner or advanced lessons in classical and jazz styles for both music majors and general enthusiasts. Performance opportunities include participation in jazz combos and big bands.  

We encourage students who wish to transfer course credit to a university music program to contact the Jazz Program Director before enrolling in any classes.

Jazz Courses Offered

Jazz Big Bands
This award winning jazz ensemble is a 17- piece ensemble with traditional big band instrumentation.  They play a variety of selections from standard classics to the modern writers of today.  In addition to many performances in the community, the GCC Big Band has had the honor of finishing first at the nationally recognized Fullerton Jazz Festival in California.

Jazz Combos
This course offers students the opportunity to work in a small jazz setting with emphasis on standard and contemporary jazz styles.  These intimate ensembles are an excellent vehicle to enhance jazz improvisation skills.

Auditions for Performance Opportunities

Each semester the Jazz band holds auditions, which can include demonstration of:

  • Scales: Two octave chromatic scale + all major scales.  Scales should be played in eighth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note=100.
  • Sight-reading: A short excerpt will be given to assess your ability to sight-read.
  • Improvisation (optional): A B flat or F blues Jaimey Aebersold accompaniment track will be provided to allow you to "show your stuff." If you double on woodwinds bring the double(s).
  • Perform the following sheet music at performance tempo:
Audition Performance Pieces

Alto (.pdf)

Bass (.pdf)

Bari (.pdf)

Drums1 (.pdf)

Guitar  (.pdf)

Piano (.pdf)

Tenor (.pdf)

Trombone (.pdf)

Trumpet (.pdf)

Vocal Audition (.pdf)

Drummers will be asked to demonstrate various styles in addition to the sight-reading and prepared piece.



Program Director


Room: MU-106
Phone: (623) 845-3725