Jazz Ensemble

2018 Dates:

VSMF Jazz Ensemble Section
August 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th
(Australia Institute of Music)

2018

Registration Closed

Registration for 2018 Jazz Ensemble is now at capacity and closed. Please click here to email us with your preference if you would like to be on the waiting list.

Festival Administrator
Michael Jongebloed
Victorian School Music Festival
569 Burwood Road
Hawthorn Vic, 3122
PH: 03 98188520
Mobile: 0419556460
Email: michael@vsmf.com.au

Timetable

 

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Tue 21/08JJEJJEIJE
Wed 22/08JJEIJEIJESJE
Thu 23/08JJEIJEIJE
Fri 24/08JJEJJEIJESJE

KEY: JJE = Junior Jazz Ensemble, IJE = Intermediate Jazz Ensemble, SJE = Senior Jazz Ensemble

2018 FESTIVAL REGULATIONS

Registration Process

  1. Registrations open on Monday 23rd April 9am & close Friday 27th April at 5pm 2018.
  2. There are a certain number of places available in each section, refer to the proposed timetable. Groups will be allocated to sections in the order registrations are received. You may not receive your first preference on all
  3. NOTE: This may happen before the close of registrations. Once places are filled schools will be placed on a waiting list
  4. Registration can only be submitted on-line at www.vsmf.com.au
  5. Groups must indicate on their application form their 1st, 2nd & 3rd attendance preference for each category they are entering.
  6. Requests made after April 27th (close of applications) will be considered if possible. Please consult the proposed timetable when stating preferences

 

  • $75.00 per school band plus $9.00 per participating student.
  • Registration fees are inclusive of GST.
  • Cancellations received prior to Friday 29th June 2018 may apply for a refund of the participating student’s fees only. After June 29th no refunds will be made. Fees will still be applicable even if groups have withdrawn.
  • Registrations will not be accepted without a school order number. A tax invoice will be sent on receipt of registration.

General Procedure

  • Each ensemble will be given an arrival time. After registration the ensemble will be assigned to a courier who will have the responsibility of acting as a guide for the ensemble.
  • Schools must adhere to arrival and departure times. Any school that departs without completing all activities without prior arrangement with the Festival Administrator may be excluded from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award.
  • Each ensemble will participate in three activities:PERFORMANCE
    Pre-performance warm -up & tuning period
    Performance to a panel of adjudicatorsON STAGE TUTORIAL
    Post Performance workshop on stage with the chief AdjudicatorLISTENING
    Each ensemble will listen to 2 other ensembles perform

Participation Criteria

SCHOOL ENSEMBLES

  1. The Festival is open to students who are currently attending any primary or secondary school, and who are participating in school/college concert bands and/or jazz ensembles.
  2. Combined school groups may participate if that ensemble rehearses on a regular basis. Confirmation of this arrangement must be sent with the registration form and co-signed by the principals of the schools involved.
  3. Teachers may not play with the ensemble.
  4. All school groups must provide the necessary ratio of staff supervision to the number students attending the Festival. It is not the responsibility of VSMF staff to monitor group behaviour. This also applies to groups attending the evening and weekend sessions.
  5. No school may register the same ensemble or an ensemble made up of 80% of the same performers in two different levels within the same genre of ensembles (eg. Junior Jazz Ensemble & Intermediate Jazz Ensemble)

Performance Criteria

CHOICE OF REPERTOIRE

  1. Please refer to category information for specific regulations regarding choice of music.
  2. Any ensemble that fails to meet the performance criteria as set out for each category may be excluded from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award. This decision will be at the discretion of the Chair of Adjudicators.

PROVISION OF CONDUCTOR SCORES

VSMF will provide scores for the adjudicators for pieces on the VSMF repertoire list. Scores will only need to be provided if you have made adjustments for your performance. You will need to provide scores for any piece you are performing that does NOT appear on the VSMF repertoire list. If you are providing scores the following steps need to be followed:

  1. Participating groups are required to provide two (2) copies of each score for adjudication purposes.
  2. All changes to the score must be clearly indicated (e.g. Bass part played on synth).
  3. Each score is to be stapled together with the name of the school clearly marked.
  4. All scores provided for the adjudicators must have each bar numbered.

 

  1. please refer to category information for specific regulations regarding performance criteria.
  2. If the total performance time as permitted in the performance criteria is exceeded, excess performance time will be subtracted from the on stage tutorial time.
  3. Each ensemble will receive an award being Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. Refer to Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble information for eligibility.
  4. Excess performance of more than two (2) minutes may result in exclusion from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award. This decision will be at the discretion of the Chair of Adjudication.
  5. Any ensemble that fails to meet the performance criteria as set out for each category may be excluded from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award. This decision will be at the discretion of the
  6. The decision of the panel of adjudicators is final. No further correspondence will be entered into.

EXEMPTION FROM PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

  1. Any Senior or Intermediate Jazz Ensemble that wish to substitute from the A – Swing or B – Ballad lists may apply to do so in writing.
  2. Requests for exception of criteria must be forwarded with details of the replacement score, by June 29th to: Michael Jongebloed, Victorian School Music Festival, 569 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, 3122

EQUIPMENT

  1. All schools must use the equipment supplied.
  2. Schools may not use their own drumkits but may bring their own cymbals.
  3. Schools must provide all percussion mallets required for their performance and all auxiliary percussion eg: triangle, cabasa, tambourine etc.
  4. The following equipment is supplied for ensembles: Chairs, music stands, conductor’s stand, podium, snare drum, drum kit (with cymbals), suspended cymbals, hand (crash) cymbals, congas, bongos, 4 timpani, marimba, glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone,  gong, bass drum, chimes, bass amplifier, guitar amplifier, keyboard amplifier, electric piano and acoustic piano.

Adjudication comments are recorded and made available to all participating schools.

Jazz Ensemble

A Jazz Ensemble is a balanced group, consisting of Saxophones, Trumpets, Trombones and Rhythm Section. The usual instrumentation is: 2 x Alto Saxophone, 2 x Tenor Saxophone, 1 x Baritone Saxophone, 4 x Trumpet, 4 x Trombone Rhythm Section: Piano, Electric/Acoustic/Double Bass, Drums, *Percussion, *Guitar * Optional

JUNIOR JAZZ
PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
* The minimum number of performers is ten (10) including percussion.
* Performance time not to exceed twelve (12) minutes.
* 1 piece must be selected from list A – Swing.
* 1 piece must be selected from list B – Ballad.
* The third piece may be selected from list C, or may be in one of the following styles: Latin, Blues, Shuffle, Rock, Swing, Funk.
* All ensembles are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award.

INTERMEDIATE JAZZ
PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
* The minimum number of performers is ten (10) including percussion.
* Performance time not to exceed fifteen (15) minutes.
* 1 piece must be selected from list A – Swing.
* 1 piece must be selected from list B – Ballad.
* The third piece may be selected from list C, or may be in one of the following styles: Latin, Blues, Shuffle, Rock, Swing, Funk.
* All ensembles are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award.
* Any Intermediate Jazz Ensemble that wishes to substitute a piece from the A – Swing or B – Ballad lists may apply to do so in writing. Requests for exemption of criteria must be forwarded with details of the replacement score, by June 29th to:
Michael Jongebloed, Victorian School Music Festival, 569 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, 3122

SENIOR JAZZ

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
* The minimum number of performers is ten (10) including percussion.
* Performance time not to exceed twenty (20) minutes.
* 1 piece must be selected from list A – Swing.
* 1 piece must be selected from list B – Ballad.
* The third piece may be selected from list C, or may be in one of the following styles: Latin, Blues, Shuffle, Rock, Swing, Funk.
* All ensembles are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award.
* Any Senior Jazz Ensemble that wishes to substitute a piece from the A – Swing or B – Ballad lists may apply to do so in writing. Requests for exemption of criteria must be forwarded with details of the replacement score, by June 29th to:
Michael Jongebloed, Victorian School Music Festival, 569 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, 3122

Repertoire

Senior A – Swing Arr./Composer
Bop of the World Jeff Jarvis
One For Daddy-O Nat Adderley arr. Mike Tomaro
That’s a Plenty Pollack / Hooper
Windows Chick Corea / Tomaro

 

Senior B – Ballad Arr./Composer
A Song For You Leon Russell / arr. Mark Taylor
One More Dream Patrick Williams
Relative Calm, A Oliver Nelson
You Don’t Knows What Love Is Arr. Mike Tomaro

 

Senior C – Other Styles Arr./Composer
Cover Drive Davidson, Lachla
Four On Six Montgomery / arr. Mike Tomaro
Ponteio Lobo / Capinan / Richards
Tweet Fatigue Goodwin Gordon

 

Intermediate B – Swing Arr./Composer
Greasy Sack Blues Paul Murtha
Red Zone Bret Zvacek
Shiny Stockings Foster / Yasinitsky
The Big Beat Greg Yasinitsky
The Way You Look Tonight Fields / Kern / arr. Taylor

 

Intermediate B – Ballad Arr./Composer
3am Paul Baker
A Ballad for Basie Doug Beach
Breathing Fred Sturm / Springfield
Your Time Will Come Roger Schmidli

 

Intermediate C – Other Arr./Composer
Cheep Shot Kris Berg
Double Agent Rick Lawn
Q Ball Baker / Torosian
So Danco Samba Jobim / Lopez
Take Five Desmond / Zontek

 

Junior A – Swing Arr./Composer
All ‘Dem Leaves Ryan Adamsons
Charlie The Cat Lachlan Davidson
Choose The Blues Matt Morey
The Mudbug Strut Paul Baker
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To Porter / Baker

 

Junior B – Ballad Arr./Composer
Chase The Clouds Away Chuck Mangione / arr. Mike Lewis
Come Sunday Ellington / Hirsch
Ebony Rain Skiles / Baker
Here’s That Rainy Day Van Heusen, Burke / arr. Rick Stitzel

 

Junior C – Other Arr./Composer
Four Note Boogaloo Daryl McKenzie
Hip Hug Her Booker T. & The MG’s, arr Rick Stitzel
Put It In The Esky Roger Schmidli
Tango for Jam Jam Zachary Smith

Richard DeRosa

Jazz Ensemble Chief Adjudicator

Richard DeRosa received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition in 2015 for his big band composition “Neil”. He is a tenured full professor and Director of Jazz Composition and Arranging at the University of North Texas. Since 2012 he has conducted and arranged music for the West Deutsche Rundfunk (WDR) Big Band in Cologne, Germany, and served as its chief conductor from 2014 – 2016. Amongst those projects, Mr. DeRosa arranged and conducted the music of featured legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter on the CD recording My Personal Songbook (2015). His second CD recording with the band is Rediscovered Ellington which features Garry Dial and Dick Oatts along with modern renditions of rare and unheard compositions of Duke Ellington. Other world-renowned artist projects under DeRosa’s direction featured Patti Austin, Kurt Elling, Joshua Redman, Stefon Harris, the New York Voices, Richie Beirach and Gregor Huebner, Ola Onabulé, Warren Vaché, Marvin Stamm and Bill Mays.

Since 2001, Mr. DeRosa has arranged and conducted music for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Renée Fleming, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Annie Ross, Abbey Lincoln, and Toots Thielemans among others. His most recent project in November, 2017, was Bernstein at 100.

Other commissioned arrangements have been recorded by the Mel Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, and Glenn Miller big bands, vocalist Susannah McCorkle, rising trumpet star Dominick Farinacci and acclaimed solo violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. Commissioned arrangements for orchestra include the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Pops, the Portland Maine Pops, and the Swedish Television and Radio Orchestra in Stockholm, Sweden. Other European jazz bands, including the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and the Metropole Orchestra in Holland, have also commissioned his arrangements.

His publications for public school jazz ensembles are available through Alfred Music (Belwin Jazz), Smart Chart Music, J.W. Pepper, Barnhouse Music, while several of his works for professional bands are available through Sierra Music.

Mr. DeRosa remains active as an adjudicator and clinician for school programs and music festivals.