Performing Arts

Concert Band

Sponsor: Ms. Ishikawa and Mr. Graham

Description: Students taking this course are provided with a balanced comprehensive study of music through Concert Band literature. Solo and ensemble activities are designed to develop elements of musicianship and improve individual growth. Public performances serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Placement in Concert Band requires participation in Marching Band (see Marching Band for more information). To participate in Band you must have previous music instruction in band, you may audition or you may be admitted by recommendation of the Band Director. Concert Band begins after the Marching Band season. Four evening Band Concerts are a mandatory part of the students’ grade. These will be Winter, Spring, JA District Band Festival and Concert Band Contest. (December, March, April, May)

Hours: Beginning Mid-October, 1st Period

Drama Club

Sponsor: Mrs. Burns

Description: The John Adams Drama Club has a primary goal of providing opportunities for students to participate in the many phases of a high school production, including acting, set construction, technical support, costuming and make-up artwork and design and so on. All students are welcome to audition for JAHS productions. At least two productions are preformed each year, with a musical every year, which is cosponsored by the JAHS Music Department. Other activities may be held as well, such as backstage clean-up, make-up workshops, theater field trips, etc.


Hours: As needed 

Jazz Ensemble

Sponsor: Ms. Ishikawa and Mr. Graham

Description: Jazz Ensemble is for music students interested in performing different styles of music such as Latin, funk, swing, samba, hip hop fusion, blues and be-bop. All students will audition to determine placement in one of two groups. Students taking this course develop musicianship and specific performance skills through group and individual settings for the study and performance of the varied styles of instrumental jazz. The instruction includes the study of history, formative and stylistic elements of jazz. All jazz students will have the opportunity to play with some well-known jazz artists and perform at jazz festivals around our area. Each band will perform in one or two jazz festivals as well as SBCSC Jazz Soundsations and our annual Big Band Bash. Students should be skilled in performance on their musical instrument and also be members of the concert Band, Orchestra or Choir. Students may participate in rehearsals and performances outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom. 

Marching Band

Sponsor: Ms. Ishikawa and Mr. Graham

Description: Members of the Concert band must participate in the Marching Band. The majority of performances are on either Friday or Saturday nights.

Rehearsals and performances are mandatory. Marching band starts rehearsals in the summer and run the first nine weeks of school. Once Marching Band is over, members will begin Concert Band everyday beginning at 7:45 am.

Hours: Zero hour (6:45 am) through 1st period, Rehearsals begin the last week in July and run thru Mid-October. 

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