Jazz Band

Glendale High School

Jazz Band.

Jazz Band is an audition only class. It has a set instrumentation of: 5 saxophones, 4-5 trumpets, 4 trombones, 1 guitar, 1 bass, 1 keyboard, 1 drum set player, and 1 auxiliary percussionist. The group performs at concerts, festivals, and many other community events and gigs. This class is offered period 4.


Jazz Band covers semesters 1 & 2

Class Period

Jazz Band is held 4th Period

Performance Info

The group performs at concerts, festivals, and many other community events and gigs. Performance is mandatory and is graded.

Audition Only

Because of the complexitity of the music and the unique nature of the class it is by audition and invitation only. Students who wish to be part of the Jazz Band are encouraged to consider first playing with the GHS JV Jazz Band.

Jazz Band

We Need Gigs!

Being a musician isn’t just learning to play scales and charts, it’s also about learning to play in public. Our Jazz Band often plays Grand Openings for new business, holiday parties and celebrations as well as festivals and events.

Jazz Band

Listen To The Music!

In order to excel as a musician you must not only hone your craft by practicing & playing you must also listen to others play. Jazz is the only true American musical artform and it’s as wide and diverse as our nation. Since the 1920’s every generation has defined their own style of Jazz and as a Jazz musician it’s important to have a familiarity with as many as you can.

Wayne Shorter

Straight Ahead Jazz

Big Joe Turner

Kansas City jazz

Neo-bop jazz

Wynton Marsalis and “The Young Lions.”


Swing Revival

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Glendale High School

Amy Rangel

Ms. Rangel is serving in her seventeenth year as the Director of Instrumental Music at Glendale High School and her nineteenth year as a public school educator. Ms. Rangel teaches Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands as well as Symphonic and String Orchestras. She emphasizes student leadership, responsibility, and artistry in her program through the teaching of music. In 2003, Ms. Rangel’s Symphonic Orchestra and Jazz Combo performed at the Kennedy Center after GHS was awarded the Creative Ticket National School of Distinction award. Ms. Rangel has also received the Bravo award from the L.A. Music Center and is Grammy Nominated.
Current grants awarded GHS include the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Lexus Pursuit for Potential, a partnership with Southwest Chamber Music Association, and YOMP with the Los Angeles Philharmonic 2011-2013. Ms. Rangel has organized collaboration opportunities with many professional musicians and organizations including: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Arturo Sandoval, sitar/tabla player Sandip Burman, conductor Rachel Worby, CSULA/CSUN/USC professors and ensembles, Loris Tjeknavorian, and The U.S. Coast Guard Band. Ms. Rangel studied both violin and saxophone at Western Michigan University earning a BM in Music Education in 1998 and studied conducting at California State University, LA earning a MM in Instrumental Conducting in 2008.