The Georgetown Jazz Program is an organization where students believe in the passion of Jazz music and share all types of jazz styles in an excellent and professional fashion. They do this by knowing and understanding the history of jazz, having fun performing for other organizations, events, and fundraisers. The Georgetown Jazz Program is a Jazz Performance Ensemble.
In its humble beginnings it started as a club outside of the music department. Since then it has grown into an award winning program that has traveled all over the state of Texas and has performed along side of many wonderful artists. The Georgetown Jazz Ensemble has worked and performed with such artists as Paul Baker, Colin Mason, Temple Jazz Fusion, Austin Jazz Band, Monster Big Band, Temple Jazz Orchestra, Alex Parker, Freddie Mendoza, Mario Casanova, Tim Ishii, Ron Wilkins, Butch Miles of the Count Basie Orchestra, and the Army Field Band. The Georgetown Jazz Program is under the direction of Amanda Stevenson, Region 26 Jazz Coordinator.
The Jazz Ensemble has had many individual outstanding musician awards from many jazz festivals such as the Texas State Jazz Festival, Temple Jazz Festival, and the Kingsville Jazz Festival. It has continuously brought home Superior Ratings from these festivals and most recently finished in 2nd place at the Kingsville Jazz Festival. Georgetown High School students have traditionally placed year after year in the Region 26 Jazz Ensemble and have successfully recorded for the All State Jazz Ensemble.
The 4th Annual Georgetown Jazz Festival is hosted by GHS students at Georgetown East View High School. It will take place on April 6, 2013. This festival provides middle school and high schools a wonderful on stage performance for a judging panel as well as a clinic from one of the judges of the day. Participants are invited to the evening concert with the GHS Jazz Ensemble and this year’s guest artist, Butch Miles of the Count Basie Orchestra! Please check back as the date draws near for your opportunity to participate in this wonderful event. See ya there!