Indianola High School Jazz!

2019-20 Jazz Band Audition Materials!

-Auditions will be late September - early October. Please keep an eye on email updates for more information!

-Students will be asked to perform all of the major scales they know, chromatic scale and a prepare a swing etude "Tenor Madness" listed on this page. The "Audition Track" is what will be played during the audition for you to play along with. The reference recording is provided to help you learn the rhythms and articulations of the tune. 

-Drum set students will be asked to demonstrate different styles on drum set play along with the swing etude, and "trade 4s" as a soloist.

-All auditions will be live this year. No video submissions. More information to come.

-If you are planning on taking the ACT this year, please check the calendar! The SCIBA Jazz Festival is on a ACT test date.  Click here for a complete list of ACT test dates.


Jazz One

Jazz One is under the direction of Mr. Richardson. 

Jazz Band auditions are held in September.  Students not selected for Jazz 1 are in Jazz 2.


Jazz One rehearses Tuesday, Thursday & Friday mornings at 7:00 a.m. once marching band is over. 


The band has several performances during the 2019-20 school year:  IHS Fall Showcase Concert on Nov, 25, SCIBA Jazz Festival on December 14, Noce on

December 18, IHSMA Jazz Festival on February 1, Southeast Polk Jazz Festival on February 15, Indianola Jazz Show Encounter on February 22,

Jazz Concert on February 28 & the Jim Coffin Jazz Festival on February 29.  The band will also be concluding it's season with the Indianola/Norwalk Jazz Merger Concert on March 7 at Norwalk HS.



Jazz Two


Jazz 2 is under the direction of Mr. Addelia.  Jazz 2 functions as a jazz lab where anyone who is interested in jazz music and would like to try a jazz instrument is welcome!


Jazz 2 rehearses Tuesday, Thursday and most Friday morning 7am-7:45am.  Coordination with show choir is made between the directors so you can do both!


If you are interested in jazz band, please watch out for information coming out in October 2019!





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Jazz Combo


The IHS Jazz Combo is under the direction of Mr. Addelia. It is a small group (typically 5-7 players) focused on high-caliber jazz improvisation and student-led rehearsals.


Jazz Combo rehearsals times are decided by students, but are typically immediately before (7am) or after (3:30pm) school.


Jazz Combo members can anticipate a minimum of 1-2 public performances outside of school annually. These performances are student-run and consist of 60+ minutes of improvised jazz. Combo members will be selected from auditioning Jazz One students.

Jazz Links to check out!

Jazz Educators of Iowa - All State Jazz, links & resources

Smithsonian Jazz - History & other cool information

Jazz at Lincoln Center - Jazz Education & resources

Bon Keller's Jazz Page - Tons of links & information

All About Jazz - History of Jazz Timeline

The Golden Age of Jazz - Great photos

A Passion for Jazz - Music History & Education

Jazz Roots - Early Jazz History

Jazz Standards - Jazz Resource

Other Resources!

Jazz Resources - Recommended Artists for Each Instrument

This list is by no means all-inclusive.  It is merely a "start".  Artists are listed in random order.

Alto Sax

Charlie Parker

Cannonball Adderley

Ornette Coleman

Johnny Hodges

Kenny Garrett

Sonny Stitt

Phil Woods

Lee Konitz

Jackie McLean

Lou Donaldson



Dizzy Gillespie

Louis Armstrong

Miles Davis

Freddie Hubbard

Lee Morgan

Kenny Dorham

Woody Shaw

Booker Little

Clifford Brown

Clark Terry

Wynton Marsalis

Maynard Ferguson



Art Tatum

Duke Ellington

Count Basie

Bill Evans

McCoy Tyner

Oscar Peterson

Thelonius Monk

Herbie Hancock

Chick Corea

Michel Camilo



Frank Sinatra

Ella Fitzgerald

Sarah Vaughn

Louis Armstrong

Nat King Cole

Kurt Elling

Billie Holiday

Johnny Hartman

Joe Williams

Betty Carter

Tenor Sax

Lester Young

Coleman Hawkins

John Coltrane

Sonny Rollins

Hank Mobley

Wayne Shorter

Joe Henderson

Benny Golson

Dexter Gordon

Stan Getz



JJ Johnson

Curtis Fuller

"Tricky" Sam Nanton

Frank Rosolino

Slide Hampton

Bob Brookmeyer

Al Grey

Kid Ory

Urbie Green

Carl Fontana

Bill Watrous



Ray Brown

Jimmy Blanton

Paul Chambers

Oscar Pettiford

Charles Mingus

Charlie Haden

Ron Carter

Dave Holland

Jimmy Garrison

Scott LaFaro

Bari Sax/ Misc. Reeds

Gerry Mulligan

Pepper Adams

Harry Carney

Sidney Bechet

Benny Goodman

Charles Lloyd

Rashaan Roland Kirk

Joe Temperley

Hamiet Blueitt



Jim Hall

Wes Montgomery

Grant Green
Charlie Christian
Freddie Greene

Django Reinhart
Joe Pass
Tal Farlow
Jimmy Raney
Charlie Hunter



Art Blakey

Elvin Jones

Philly Joe Jones

Jo Jones

Ed Thigpen

Tony Williams

Max Roach

Billy Higgins

Roy Haynes

Jimmy Cobb

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