This course will provide students the opportunity to perform the various styles of music characteristic to the Jazz Ensemble while developing the knowledge and technique needed to become a successful improviser. Performance in full ensemble and chamber ensemble is emphasized, with a focus on standard jazz tunes often used in professional performance. Each member will be required to compose, improvise, and perform written work on his or her instrument. The band also performs at school concerts and community functions. This course will run only if minimum enrollment and instrumentation requirements are met.