Jazz I is our top jazz band at Sioux Falls Washington High School. It is made up of experienced jazz performers, with an emphasis on improvisation. Under the direction of Ben Harder, this ensemble meets for half of a lunch period for 4 days each week, in addition to a longer morning rehearsal on Thursdays. This group performs at the Incoming 8th Graders Concert (along with Symphonic Band), Pop, Popcorn and Jazz Concert, Prism Concert and Dessert and Jazz Concert. This group also competes at several jazz band competitions in the region. Members of this group may also participate in All-City Jazz and/or All-State Jazz. In addition to the normal concerts and festivals, Jazz I members may be asked to perform in the local area.
For jazz band scores/placements, please check our social media pages.
Members of this ensemble (who are not a member of marching band) are expected to pay a target amount of $100 by the end of the year to help cover costs associated with the program. Several fundraising opportunities will be available throughout the year to make this goal attainable.
Important Dates: 2022-2023
Thursday, November 10 - Pop, Popcorn and Jazz Concert, 7pm - WHS Commons
Tuesday, November 15 - 8th Grader Concert, 7pm, WHS Auditorium
Friday, February 10 - Morningside Jazz Festival, TBD
Friday - Saturday, February 24-25 - Omaha Jazz Festival overnight, Omaha, NE
Friday, March 3 - Jazz on the Upper Great Plains, TBD - Augustana University
Friday, March 11 - All State Jazz Band materials are due
Tuesday, April 18 - Dessert and Jazz Concert, 7pm - WHS Commons
Thursday - Saturday, May 4-6 - All State Jazz, All Day - TBD
Saturday, May 6 - All State Jazz Concert, 7pm