A multi-award-winning group, the Jazz Orchestra
has been the flagship of the music department since 1968. This
ensemble is the home of outstanding professional musicians and music
educators in the community. This ensemble has traveled to
Japan to represent Hayward at our sister city Funabashi as well as
accompanied jazz greats such as Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen, Rosemary
Clooney, Ernie Watts, Lew Soloff, Bobby Shew, Ledisi and many more.
The Jazz Ensemble is our top multi-award
winning student jazz group that consists primarily of music majors.
This group finished in the top five amongst two-year schools at a
national jazz festival in Reno, Nevada, in 2006 and 2007. In
addition, the Jazz Band was invited to compete with top four-year
schools in the country at the Next Generation's Festival 2006
sponsored by Monterey Jazz Festival.
The Jazz Lab caters to individuals to expand
their musical experience in Jazz as well as challenge their ability
to contribute in an ensemble setting. This group is a major
performance ensemble that consists of several music majors as well
as several members from the community.
Designed as an integral part if the Jazz
Studies Area, the Jazz Combos develop aspiring young musicians to
enhance their ability to improvise in a small ensemble setting.
Throughout the semester, these combos focus on literature reflecting
several jazz styles from the swing to contemporary styles.
This class is structured for students to have
advance knowledge in Jazz piano.
This class caters to 1 on 1 teaching with the
emphasis on improvisation through theory and performance.