Jazz Band is a co-curricular ensemble open to all Westland High School students. Jazz Band meets during 2nd period everyday and is open to any band student who is interested in participating! Students who play instruments that are not part of the curricular band class (piano, guitar, bass) can also participate in jazz band given an adequate level of proficiency on their instrument. The jazz band also performs at home boys basketball game where they are the entertainment between JV/Varsity games, and during the Varsity half time.
Jazz Band focuses on jazz/music theory and jazz history, with an emphasis on improvisation. Classes will be spent playing big band charts as well as analyzing how music is made and written. Throughout the year, jazz clinicians will come in to work with the students on jazz-focused content.