The audition packet and online signup for the 2017-2018 Carroll Jazz Auditions are now live and available for download. Click here to access the PDF, which includes a cover letter with lots of important information, and etudes for all jazz instruments.
The auditions will be held on Monday May 22nd at Carroll Senior High School.
Students must be registered in a Jazz Band class to participate in jazz at the high school level. More detailed information can be found in the packet.
Best of luck in your preparation and I look forward to seeing you at the audition!
Director of Jazz Bands
Carroll Senior High School
The Carroll Jazz program is honored to welcome the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors to Carroll Senior High School for a concert on Friday, April 14th, 2017 at 7:00pm.
The Jazz Ambassadors, the United States Army’s premier touring big band, travels tens of thousands of miles each year to present jazz to enthusiastic audiences throughout the nation and around the world.
The Carroll Jazz Orchestra will play a brief opening set for them, and the Ambassadors themselves are sure to put on an unforgettable performance.
Tickets are required, but they are FREE! Please click the button for more information and free tickets:
Jazz Band auditions for the 2016-2017 school year will be held on WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016. Auditions will take place at Carroll Senior High School (1501 W. Southlake Blvd), in the Black Box Theatre located in the Fine Arts wing (behind the CSHS Auditorium).
CLICK HERE to download the Carroll Jazz Audition Packet PDF. The file contains audition etudes for all instruments in the Carroll Jazz Program. Be sure to read the first two pages carefully, as it contains extremely important information about the audition.
The audition will consist of (a) a prepared etude; (b) sight-reading; and (c) an optional performance of an improvised solo. Details are in the cover letter in the PDF linked above.
AUDITION SIGNUP is online-only. The link to the online signup form is on Page 1 of the Audition Packet PDF.
Thanks and good luck!
Director of Jazz Bands
The Carroll Jazz Program has had a busy and exciting Spring, and there is lots more to come!
The Jazz Ensemble won 1st place in their division at the TCU and UTA Jazz Festivals, the Jazz Band won 1st place in their division at the UTA Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Orchestra won 1st place in the 6A-1 division at the UTA Jazz Festival. The Jazz Orchestra also hosted the One O’Clock Lab Band at its annual Apex Jazz Festival in Southlake in February.
In March and April, we will be hosting Swing School, our annual program for Middle Schoolers. Our jazz ensembles will also be playing throughout the Southlake community in April, including a performance at Art in the Square on Sunday April 24th at 3:30pm.
The Spring Jazz Concert is on Tuesday May 3rd at the Carroll Senior High School Cafeteria at 6:30pm. It will feature performances by the Swing School Jazz Band, the DMS Jazz Band, the CMS Jazz Band, and all three high school Jazz Ensembles. The bands will also be joined by guest artist Stockton Helbing, current drummer for trumpet legend Doc Severinsen. Admission is free, so please come out and enjoy the evening!
The Carroll Jazz program has some exciting events planned for the Fall. Here's what's happening!
We look forward to seeing you at some of our exciting performances this Fall!
The Carroll Jazz Orchestra had an unforgettable experience at the Essentially Ellington competition in New York! The band competed against 14 other top-flight groups from around the U.S., and came home with the Outstanding Brass Award and the Outstanding Vocal Award (to Chris Weisberg, for his rendering of "Every Day I Have the Blues").
Read more about the Jazz Orchestra's trip here on MySouthlakeNews.com, and watch an amazing retrospective of our trip by Dr. Trung Tran below (or link to the video here on YouTube).
MAR 1 (Saturday)
Southlake Jazz Festival (a/k/a Apex Jazz Festival)
Carroll Jazz students will attend all-day clinics with UNT Jazz faculty and graduate students at Carroll HS. After the clinics, there's a public concert at Whites Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake.
The concert features performances by:
MAR 22 (Saturday)
Allen Jazz Festival, Allen TX
Carroll Jazz Orchestra performs at the First Annual Allen Jazz Invitational & Arts Festival, at the Allen Performing Arts Center.
CLICK HERE for more information
MAR 24 (Monday)
Swing School Kickoff
CSHS Jazz Room, 4:00p-5:15p
The Carroll Jazz "Swing School" is a weekly after-school class offered in the spring, designed to give middle school students a chance to study with, learn from, and perform live with high school students in the Carroll Jazz program. The class is held at the Jazz Band Room at Carroll Senior High School on Monday afternoons in March and April.
For more information, visit the SWING SCHOOL PAGE on this website.
MAR 29 (Saturday)
TCU Jazz Festival, Fort Worth
The Carroll Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble perform at the 37th Annual Texas Christian University Jazz Festival. The festival takes place on the TCU Campus in Fort Worth.
CLICK HERE for details
Carroll Jazz Orchestra has earned the title of Finalist in the 2014 Essentially Ellington program, sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Essentially Ellington is the largest and most prominent national High School jazz contest, and it is often referred to as the "Super Bowl of jazz competitions." Jazz Orchestra was selected in a blind audition process to join 14 other bands from around the United States to compete the finals, to be held in New York City May 8-11. Jazz Orchestra is the only band from the State of Texas selected for Essentially Ellington this year. The official announcement, including the list of 15 finalists, can be found HERE.
Jazz at Lincoln Center will send a clinician from New York to work with the Jazz Orchestra in April.
Congrats to David Lown and everyone in the Jazz Orchestra!
FEB 8 (Saturday)
Carroll Band Bistro
All three Carroll Jazz Bands perform at the annual Caroll Band Bistro fund raiser event. Student Activity Center, Carroll High School.
Approximate performance times:
FEB 14 (Friday)
TMEA Annual Convention
The Carroll Jazz Orchestra will perform at the annual meeting of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) on Friday, 2/14. The TMEA selected the Carroll Jazz Orchestra as this year's "Invited High School Jazz Ensemble," the only Texas high school jazz group invited to perform at the convention this year.
The concert begins at 10:00am in Ballroom B at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.
CLICK HERE for the full story about this tremendous honor.
UPDATED: Watch the video from the performance HERE.
FEB 18 (Tuesday)
In-house Student Jazz Clinics
New York jazz artists JOHN RAYMOND (trumpet) and TIM GREEN (saxophone) will hold Jazz Clinics for Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra students during their class times at Carroll Senior HS on 2/18.
FEB 28 (Friday)
UTA Jazz Festival
Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Band perform at the 40th Annual University of Texas at Arlington Jazz Festival in the Hereford University Center on the UTA Campus in Arlington.
Performance times TBA.
CLICK HERE for details.
The results of the 2013-2014 jazz auditions are listed below. These are current as of June 4th, 2013, and are subject to change. There are still openings available for trumpet and trombone players. Please contact Mr. Lown directly if you are interested!