Jazz Ensemble

2019 Dates:

VSMF Jazz Ensemble Section
Aug 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th & 16th
(Hawthorn Art Centre)

Festival Administrator
Michael Jongebloed
Victorian School Music Festival
228 Auburn Road
Hawthorn Vic 3122
PH: 03 98188520
Mobile: 0419 556 460
Email: michael@vsmf.com.au

2019 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 Fees will still be applicable even if groups have withdrawn.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, 228 Auburn 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

Download the repertoire PDF

Senior A – Swing Arr./Composer
Best of Times, The Gordon Goodwin
Bojangles Duke Ellington
Thanks Hank John La Barbera
Turn and Burn Paul Baker

 

Senior B – Ballad Arr./Composer
Duke Ellington Sounds of Love Mingus / Homzy
Goodbye Porkpie Hat Charles Mingus / arr. Alan Baylock
Lush Life Strayhorn / Kamuf
Memories of You Brown / White

 

Senior C – Other Styles Arr./Composer
Bug Catcher Roger Schmidli
How Funky Can You Get? Lachlan Davidson
Ir-Reggae-Ular Blues John La Barbera
Running with Scissors Gordon Goodwin
Step On a Crack Rick Lawn

 

Intermediate B – Swing Arr./Composer
Afternoon in Paris John Lewis / Taylor
Birk’s Works Dizzy Gillespie/arr. Mark Taylor
Riggs! Paul Baker
There Will Never Be Another You Harry Warren, Mack Gordon arr. Mark Taylor
Welcome To The Majors Rob Vuono, Jr.

 

Intermediate B – Ballad Arr./Composer
I Can’t Get Started Vernon Duke / Victor Goines
I Concentrate On You Cole Porter / Mark Taylor
My Foolish Heart Washington/Young/Rivello
What’s Your Hurry? Rob Vuono, Jr.

 

Intermediate C – Other Arr./Composer
Just Wing It Kris Berg
Move n Groove Richard Linton
Pinball Wizard Townshend
Puente Arriba! Robert Skiles
The Late Night Llama Roger Schmidli
Think Aretha Franklin and Ted White/arr. Paul Murtha

 

Junior A – Swing Arr./Composer
A Little Bit of Sugar for the Band Daryl McKenzie
After You’ve Gone Layton / Murtha
Leaping Lizards Roger Schmidli
Step Right Up Dean Sorenson
Tenor Madness Sonny Rollins/arr. Michael Sweeney

 

Junior B – Ballad Arr./Composer
After The Rain Larry Neeck
Dreamsville Henry Mancini/arr. John Berry
God Bless the Child Herzog / Holiday / Stitzel
Li’l Darlin Hefti / Roy Phillippe

 

Junior C – Other Arr./Composer
Havana Camila Cabello/arr. Terry White
Listen Here Harris / Smith
Lucky Lockie Lachlan Davidson
Samba de Roda Dean Sorenson
Welcome to the Jungle arr. Rick Stitzel