National Jazz Workshop - A Summer Jazz Camp at Shenandoah University

The 2017-18 NJW All-Star Jazz Orchestra

email Matt Niess for information

Music Director

Matt Niess

Vocalist

TBA

Saxophones

Alto - l

Alto - l

Alto - l

Tenor 1 - l

Tenor 2 - l

Bari -

Trumpets

Trombones

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Bass Trombones

Rhythm

Guitar -

Vibes -

Piano - l

Bass -

Bass -

Drums -

Drums - l

About the Band

The NJW All-Star Jazz Orchestra is directed by Matt Niess and is an audition based ensemble open to music students in the Washington, DC area. The mission of NJW is to offer the highest level of instruction to young jazz musicians while promoting America's Art form, Jazz. NJW employs educators and artists dedicated to helping students reach their potential as musicians and individuals. If you have questions please email Matt Niess.

Audition Information

Live auditions for the 2017-18 season will take place Saturday September 16 & Sunday September 17 from 1000am-2:00pm or as needed at George Mason University. Video submissions will also be accepted in place of a live audition. Videos or YouTube submissions will be accepted beginning 16 September and ending 17 September. Applicants must send the link or video (and password if needed) to Matt Niess. Be sure you receive a confirmation email that your application link was received. To schedule a live audition please email Matt Niess.

The audition video must contain the posted materials below and as an option one or two examples of jazz improvisation (with play-a-long track or live rhythm section) or anything else prepared that demonstrates your abilities. The video must be unedited within selections. You can have breaks between tunes and we do't need to hear the melody twice. No special affects or mixing please. Please include all contact information in the email with the link to your audition post. Improvisation is strongly recommended but not necessary.

Directions to George Mason University

George Mason University School of Music

4400 University Drive, MSN 3E3 Fairfax, VA 22030

Main office phone: (703)-993-1380 George Mason University

Audition Materials

Please prepare the following sheet music for your audition. This sheet music is in PDF format. You only need to prepare what you feel you can play.

Audition Materials
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trombone
Bass Trombone
Lead Trumpet
Trumpet Section
Guitar
Piano
Vibraphone
Bass
Drum Set

Calendar

Fees

The fee is $500 per season. 2017-2018 will consist of two seasons September-January and late January into the Spring. Participants who win a chair in September can pay for both seasons or vacate their chair at the conclusion of the first season. Auditions for the second season will be scheduled as needed. Addition fees will be required for the optional trip to Dallas, TX and other potential travel.

Rehearsal Information

The NJW All-Star Band will rehearse most Sundays 1:00-4:00pm or 12:00-3:00pm TBA at George Mason University (Main Fairfax Campus) in the DeLaski Music Building in the Choral Room and sometimes the Band Room. This building backs the Center for the Arts at GMU. We will follow the campus protocol for weather cancelations. Click here to visit the campus website. http://today.gmu.edu/announcements/

Attendance Policy

Student school performances come first and we will work with you to make things work for everyone. You are expected to attend all events that do not conflict with school performances. Communicate with your band director, teachers, parents, and everyone involved. All conflicts will be looked at individually, please be proactive with your calendar. Communication is key.

Performances

Performances will include various venues with guest artists featuring arrangements and compositions of prominent artists. Travel to jazz festivals, music conventions, and overnight trips are expected. Field trips to concerts and clinics with artists are also expected. Additional expenses may be necessary.

Schedule IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION (as of 8 AUG -subject to change-CHECK THE GOOGLE CAL)

September 2017

Auditions Saturday 16 September & Sunday 17 September 10-2:00pm and/or as needed

Sunday 24 September REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Band Room

October

Sunday 1 October REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Band Room

Sunday 8 October REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Band Room

Sunday 15 October REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Band Room

Sunday 22 October REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Band Room

Sunday 29 October REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Band Room

November

Sunday November 5 PERFORMANCE

Sunday November 12 PERFORMANCE

Sunday November 19 PERFORMANCE

Sunday 26 November REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Band Room

December

Sunday 3 December REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Band Room

Sunday 10 December REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Band Room

Sunday 17 December PERFORMANCE: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Band Room

Tuesday 12 December PERFORMANCE: (6:30pm Report) Perform at 7:30pm @ The Carlyle Club in Alexandria, VA. All students will have a ticket to stay for the show of the Stan Kenton Christmas All Brass Big Band.

Dress: Jacket & Tie

Directions: http://thecarlyleclub.com Faculty: Matt Niess

January 2018

January 5-8 PERFORMANCE: The Jazz Education Network, Dallas, Texas. JEN website: https://www.jazzednet.org Dress: Casual & Jacket & Tie

Thursday January 4:Travel to Hotel Attend JEN Conference

Friday January 5

PERFORMANCE

Saturday January 6 TBA

Sunday 7 January: Travel to DC

Sunday 14 January REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Choral Room

Sunday 21 January REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Choral Room

Saturday January 27 PERFORMANCE: Essentially Ellington @ Yorktown High School, Arlington, VA. Faculty: Matt Niess

Auditions TBA as needed

Season II

February

February

Sunday 4 February REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Choral Room

Faculty: Matt Niess

Sunday 11 February REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Choral Room

Faculty: Matt Niess

Saturday 17 February PERFORMANCE: Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. Rockville, MD. 6:00pm. Hilton-1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.

Sunday 25 February REHEARSAL 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Choral Room

Faculty: Matt Niess

March

Sunday March 4 REHEARSAL 1:00-4:00pm @George Mason University Choral Room

Sunday March 11 REHEARSAL 1:00-4:00pm @George Mason University Choral Room

Sunday March 18 REHEARSAL 1:00-4:00pm @George Mason University Choral Room

SPRING BREAK

April

Sunday 8 April REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Choral Room

Sunday 15 April REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Choral Room

Sunday 22 April REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Choral Room

Sunday 29 April REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Choral Room

May

Sunday 29 April REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm @ George Mason University Choral Room

Sunday 6 May REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm Band Room

Sunday 20 May REHEARSAL: 1:00-4:00pm Band Room

June

TBA June PERFORMANCE: 3:00pm @ NJW George Mason University NJW Summer Camp

July

TBA June PERFORMANCE: 3:00pm @ NJW Shenandoah University NJW Summer Camp

Directions to George Mason University

George Mason University School of Music

4400 University Drive, MSN 3E3

Fairfax, VA 22030

Main office phone: (703)-993-1380

George Mason University

Concert Dress

Participants will be expected to wear appropriate concert dress depending on each venue. Jacket & tie, black tuxedo or casual dress will be required.

Questions?

Please email Matt Niess.

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