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The Aledo High School Jazz program was established by Joey Paul in 1993. Back then, they met after school and nicknamed themselves “After Hours.” Today, the high school has two jazz bands which includes grades 9-12. Jazz 1 meets everyday during the school day, while Jazz 2 meets twice a week after the football season has concluded. Jake Albin was a charter member of the ’93 jazz band and now oversees the jazz curriculum for the district. These groups are consistent division-one earning ensembles, and they enjoy participating in community concerts and festivals all over Texas. Each year the boosters host our annual Swing Dance, where the jazz bands showcase a variety of musical genres, including swing, bebop, latin, funk, blues, rock, and more.

Students who wish to be in the Jazz Band I must audition for a limited instrumentation. Students must pass all subjects, and maintain a good attitude in order to keep their position in Jazz Band 1. The jazz class will cover much-needed fundamentals of jazz, history, improvisation skills, and listening to all styles of jazz. Jazz 2 will meet before and after school (UIL No Pass No Play rules apply to Jazz II students as well, even though it is an after school class). Auditions may be required.

Our Jazz bands compete in festivals and contests throughout the year. They also host one of our favorite evenings of the year, Jazz Swing Dance, in late Spring.

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