ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Jazz Department at Westlake High School features two big bands: The Chap Jazz Club and the Westlake Jazz Ensemble. These ensembles focus on the study and performance of jazz and modern music and are comprised of musicians from all grade levels. Students in these ensembles are in one or more of the Music Department’s parent organizations (band, choir, or orchestra). Chap Jazz is committed to bringing quality performances and experiences to the Westlake Community.
The Chap Jazz Club meets after school from February through the end of the school year. Membership is open to all Westlake music students. Students in the Chap Jazz Club work towards learning basic jazz vocabulary, styles and improvisation skills. This group performs at the annual May Jazz Concert.
The Westlake Jazz Ensemble meets year-round during the school day. Membership is by individual audition in the Spring Semester. The Ensemble focuses primarily on continuing the development of advanced skills needed to perform the many forms of jazz music at a high level. The Jazz Ensemble performs at school concerts, festivals, and is active in and around the community.
BOOK THE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Westlake Jazz is committed to bringing quality performances and experiences to the Westlake Community. Ensembles and students of the Westlake Jazz Department are available to book for community/private events between the months of November and May of each school year. Contact Ms. Jana Robertson about scheduling a performance.