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    JazzCats Registration Form

    Attention Musical WildCats! Northwest Region Elementary Schools "JazzCats" Jazz Band is under the exceptional leadership of Mark Oesterle, former instrumental music instructor at Whittier. Enrollment is now open for the first session.

    WHAT: “The JazzCats” Jazz Band. Students learn jazz scales, rhythm, and harmony, with an emphasis on improvisation. All in a fun, relaxed environment.

    WHO: Open to 4th and 5th Grade Elementary Instrumental Musicians. Jazz instruments include trumpets, saxophones, flutes, clarinets, and trombones. Rhythm section includes piano, drums, bass and guitar.

    WHEN: Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will be 13 classes during this session, which runs every Thursday from November 8th, 2018 until March 7th, 2019.
    NOTE: NO JAZZ on December 20th before Winter Break. Performance date of March 7th, 2019 at Nathan Hale HS.

    WHERE: Salmon Bay School Band Room. Enter on east side of Salmon Bay School, located at 1810 NW 65th St.

    COST: $85 for returning member, $95 for new member

    • Additional $10 covers cost of Jazzcats t‐shirt to be worn at performances.
    • Scholarships are available upon request.
    • Please make check payable to FOSB (Friends of Salmon Bay). Attach check to the sheet below, and return to Mr. Oesterle at Salmon Bay.

    Having a jazz band at the elementary school level is a rarity — take advantage of this, 4th and 5th grade musicians!

    JazzCats Registration Form


    Uncertain because your student is a first-year instrumentalist? This recent Q&A between a parent and Mark Oesterle (the Jazz Band instructor) might be helpful:

    Parent: I saw that the JazzCats is open to 4th and 5th graders. Can kids brand new to their instruments play in the band? Or are you looking for more experienced kids?

    Mark Oesterle: We take kids new to their instruments. I try to adapt tunes so newer members play simpler parts while more advanced members play the more advanced parts. We play a lot of the blues, and if the kids can play the notes thru page 8 in their standard of excellence books, they should be able to participate just fine. And a main focus is on improvisation, so kids can have fun experimenting with various rhythms even if they can play only one note when they start.

    Hope that helps answer your question!  Let me know if you have any others.

    -Mark, meoesterle@seattleschools.org