• Dunkirk Jazz Ensemble
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    Students with band and orchestra experience attend college at a rate twice the national average.
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    Jazz rehearses 1st period every A/C day!!!
     
    2021-2022
    Fall District Band Concert, 10/26, DHS Aud, 6:30 pm
    DMS & DHS Winter Concert, 12/2, DHS Aud, DMS 6:00 pm; DHS 7:00 pm
    Spring District Band Concert 3/3, DHS Aud, 6:30 pm
    DMS & DHS Spring Concert, 5/5, DHS AUD, 6:00 pm DMS; 7:00 pm DHS
     
     

    2020-21

    GOOGLE CLASS CODE FOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE:  uwecyfn

     

     

     

     
     
     
    2018-19
    Fall District Band Concert, October 24, 2018 6:30 pm
          HOG SQUEALIN,' RIP-SNORTIN,' BELLY ACHIN' BLUES arr. Sweeney
          PICK UP THE PIECES                                                 arr. Mitchell
          SMOOTH                                             Carlos Santana, arr. Lewis
     
    HS Winter Concert, December 6, 2018, 7:00 pm
          FROSTY THE SNOWMAN                Nelson & Rollins, arr. Nowak
          OUT OF THE DOGHOUSE                                      Eric Morales
          LESTER LEAPS IN                                Lester Young, arr Sigler
          RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER Johnny Marks, arr. Nowak
          THE MUDBUG STRUT                                               Paul Baker 
     
    BLUE NOTE BLUES, SOLO BACKING TRACK m.50-70 
           CLICK HERE          
    BLUE NOTE BLUES, SOLO BACKING TRACK m. 75-94
           CLICK HERE
     
    BLUE NOTE BLUES, FULL RECORDING
           CLICK HERE
     
           
     
     2017-18 
     CCMTA Jazz Audition TOO MANY THINGS  
     
     
      and here is the link for BLUE MONK:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW3RvxXy0co
     
     
      2016-17
    Juneteenth, June 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Memorial Park on Rte. 5, Casual, relaxed dress.
     
    DHS Spring Concert May 2, 2017 at DHS, 7:00 Concert; Call is 6:30 pm in Concert Black.
     
    Spring District Band Concert, March 8, 2017 at DHS.  6:30 Concert; Call is 6:00 pm in Concert Black
     
    DHS Winter Concert, December 6, 2016 at DHS.  7:00 Concert; Call is 6:30 pm in Concert Black.
     
    Fall District Band Concert, October 26, 2016 at DHS, 6:30 pm; Call is 6:00 pm in Concert Black.
     
    Fur Ball Gala at Dunkirk Clarion, October 22, 2016, 7:00 pm
     
     
     
    2014-15 
     

    ALMOST SPRING CONCERT   MARCH 12, 2015   7:00 pm  DHS AUD

     SING, SING, SING      Louis Prima, arr. Victor Lopez
    TAKE FIVE   Paul Desmond, arr. Rich DeRosa
    LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE   Chuck Mangione, arr. Victor Lopez
     
    ROYAL GARDEN BLUES   Clarence Williams & Spencer Williams, arr. Billy Strayhorn
       This is an Essentially Ellington chart transcribed by David Berger for Jazz at Lincoln Center 
     
     
     

    WINTER CONCERT   DECEMBER 9, 2014   7:00 pm   DHS AUD

     ALL OF ME                                            Simons & Marks, arr. Roger Holmes

    OUT OF THE DOGHOUSE                                                            Erik Morales

    RUDOLPH & HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS                               arr. Jerry Nowak

     
    FALL DISTRICT BAND CONCERT    OCTOBER 29, 2014   6:30 pm DHS AUD
    SAXES WITH ATTITUDE                                                                  Michael Sweeney

    BLUE GOO BOOGALOO                                                                        James Kass

    THEME FROM SHAFT                                              Isaac Hayes, arr. Tom Davis

     

     2013-14

     
     
    WINTER HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT:  DECEMBER 10, 2013 at DHS Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
     
     
     
    FALL DISTRICT BAND CONCERT:  October 29, 2013 at DHS Auditorium, 7:00 pm
     
    JIVE CAT JUMP         by Larry Neeck

    FEELS SO GOOD      by Chuck Mangione, arr. Victor Lopez

    CHAMELEON            by Hancock, Jackson, Mason and Maupin, arr. Victor Lopez     
                             
     
     
     
     
     
     2012-13
     
     
     
    Spring District Concert on March 21st,  2013 at Dunkirk Middle School 6:30 pm

    OUT OF THE DOGHOUSE                             Eric Morales
              An original blues shuffle.   Listen here: 
     http://www.alfred-music.com/player/JazzBand2009/30637/player.html
     
     
    High School Winter Concert, December 11th, 7:00 pm 
                    

    FROSTY THE SNOWMAN                                Nelson & Rollins, arr. Nowak

    SANTA BABY                                    Javits, Springer & Springer, arr. John Berry

    LAZY DOG BLUES                                                                        arr. James Kass

     

    Fall District Band Concert, October 30th 6:30 pm
     
                   R.O.C.K. in the USA                                                                                       John Mellencamp, arr. Murtha
                   THE CAT FROM CATALINA                                                                          James Kass
                    HOG SQUEALIN', RIP-SNORTIN', BELLY-ACHIN' BLUES                   Sweeney
     
     
    High School Spring Concert, May 10th, 7:00
     
    Van Morrison, arr. Victor Lopez   MOONDANCE
     
    James Kass, LAZY DOG BLUES
     
    Isacc Hayes, arr. Tom Davis, THEME FROM SHAFT
     
    BUFFALO JAZZ REVIEW, KENMORE, NY APRIL 21ST
     
    SPECTACLE OF SOUND INVITATIONAL, MARCH 31
     
    Spring District Band Concert 3/28/2012
     
    Full Ensemble:
    MOONDANCE,  Van Morrison, arr. Victor Lopez
    HARLEM NOCTURNE, Earle Hagen, arr. Rick Stitzel
     
    Combo:
    RED CLAY, Freddie Hubbard
     
    SPECTACLE OF SOUND @ The Tralf Music Hall, Buffalo, NY 3/31/2012
     
    Full Ensemble:
        MOONDANCE,  Van Morrison, arr. Victor Lopez
        TAKE FIVE, Desmond, arr. Rich DeRosa
    Combo: 
        RED CLAY, Freddie Hubbard
                               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YcH6FOzN0g
         FOOTPRINTS, Wayne Shorter
                      
       
        
     
     
     
     
    Fall District Band Concert 10/26/2011
     
    ST THOMAS                                                     Sonny Rollins, arr. Mitchell
                             St Thomas Midi File - Pentatonic Soloing Loop
     
    SPAIN                                                                Chick Corea, Victor Lopez
                       Check out this video:      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_OEJ0wqt2g
     
    BLUE TRAIN                                                    John Coltrane, arr. Taylor
     
     
    Spring High School Concert 5/23/2011
     
    MINNIE THE MOOCHER  Cab Calloway version, arr. by Mike Henebry
                   Vocals:  Nicky Kobel
     
    ARMED FORCES SALUTE                                  arr. Fred Wesche
     
    CHILDREN OF SANCHEZ  By Chuck Mangione, arr. Keith Foley
     
    TAKE FIVE    By Paul Desmond , arr. Rich DeRosa
             Famous tune written by Alto Sax, Paul Desmond, of The 
                              Dave Brubeck Quartet
     
     
     
     
    Spring District Band Concert 4/7/2011
    AND
    Spectacle of Sound Jazz Invitational
    4/9/2011 at the Tralf Music Hall
     
    SWINGIN' THE BLUES  By Count Basi & Eddie Durham
              A Jazz at Lincoln Center transcription for the 2010-11
               Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program
    A recording & rehearsal videotape with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center for the Arts Jazz Orchestra can accessed here:
                Audio http://jalc.org/jazzED/ee/f_repertoire.asp  1938 Count Basie Recording
     
    SING, SING, SING            Louis Prima, arr. Roy Phillippe
        Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mJ4dpNal_k        1937 Benny Goodman Orchestra..
               ....and NO, we are not getting pants like these...
     
    GET IT ON                     Bill Chase, arr.  Victor Lopez
            Video  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVt_M1bY_Sw   1971 Chase Band...Check out the hair!!!
     
    CRITICAL MASS            Jeff Jarvis
         
     
     
    HS Holiday Concert 12/7/2010
     
    UNION BLUES                       W. Roy Mitchell
               An original 12 bar blues commissioned by Union City High School.
     
    TIPPIN' ON THE QT             Buck Clayton, transc. David Berger
               A Jazz at Lincoln Center transcription for the 2010-11
               Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program
    A recording & rehearsal videotape with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center for the Arts Jazz Orchestra can accessed here:
     
    SANTA BABY                         Tony & Phil Springer, arr. John Berry
                A recording can be found here              http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/search
     
     
     
    For the Fall District Band Concert 10/28/2010
     
     
    TUXEDO JUNCTION             Hawkins, Johnson & Dash, arr.  John Berry
               A classic medium swing tune from 1939.
     
     
    WITCHCRAFT                  
     
    PICK UP THE PIECES      Average White Band, arr. W. Roy Mitchell  
               A 1974 Funk Rock tune.
     
     
     
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    2009-10 Repertoire and Events
     
    DHS Jazz Ensemble will be traveling to Tonawanda HS May 14th for a Jazz Clinic with Grammy-award winning jazzer Chris Vadala [the Tenor Saxophonist for Chuck Mangione].  Please consider supporting the Jazz Nite...
     
     
     
     
    For MAY 18, 2010 Spring Concert:
     
    ST. THOMAS                        Sonny Rollins/ arr. Roy Mitchell
                 A great arrangment from a local area musician, Thank you again.
     
    AIN'T THAT A KICK IN THE HEAD    Cahn & Heusen
                   "THE"  Dean Martin Chart
     
    Click link to ejazzlines for a full recording:
                                    
    FATBACK & GREENS            Jeff Jarvis
                A 2006 Funk Tune from Kendor Publishers
     
    Click link to Kendor for a recording:
            
    FRONTBURNER                    Sammy Nestico
                An original medium shuffle in a Count Basie style
     
    Click link to Kendor for a recording:
     
     
     
    Jazz Audition Tracks for CCMTA Winter Festival
     
     
     
    For December 12, 2009 Holiday Concert
     
    KANSAS CITY                 arr. John Berry
    A swing shuffle from the early 1950's
     
    25 OR 6 TO 4                    Arr. Peter Blair
    As recorded by Chicago in the 1970's
     
    RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER   arr. J Nowak
     
     
     
      
     
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