Jazz Band (honors) is a band class built around the structure and instrumentation of a traditional big band jazz ensemble. An audition is required using the same requirements as symphonic band. Like both concert band and symphonic band the class focuses on fundamentals of instrumental music; good tone, pitch, articulation, music reading and ensemble playing. In addition, students study jazz history style composers and performers and improvisation. Students perform several concerts with this class and a wide variety of music. After school commitments are usually limited to performances and possible sectional rehearsals as needed.