High School Jazz Band

About Jazz Band

This is one of the top music performance groups at Scott City. Students who are in the jazz band perform several times throughout the year, including at student performances, festivals, concerts, and try to go out and play for the community at least once a year.

In jazz band, the focus is on performance of jazz music, which is often considered America’s classical music, though it is very much in the style of pop music. Students learn the art of jazz, how to imrpovise and compose their own songs, and help drive the song choices we perform throughout the year.

Jazz band plays music by the jazz greats such as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, and John Coltrane, and more recent songs from artists such as ELO, Michael Jackson, and Van Morrison. The jazz band also often plays music from popular video games.

How to Join

Students who can play Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Drumset, Vibraphone, Piano, Bass Guitar, and Electric Guitar are welcome to sign up for jazz band. A basic knowledge is expected, but if you are willing to work, you contact Mr. Carter via his school email, or stop by the band room to see if jazz band is for you!

Meet the Instructor

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Adam Carter

Adam Carter is the current the band director at Scott City. He started here in 2020, and works with band students from 6th-12th grades. He also teaches some general music classes. He first started teaching in 2012 after graduating from Southeast Missouri State University with a BME in instrumental music with an emphasis on the saxophone. Since starting teaching, he has graduated with a Master of Education from William Woods, and a Education Specialist degree from Arkansas State University. Outside of school, Mr. Carter loves performing in various groups in our area including the Southeast Regional Jazz Orchestra, the Big Band of the Heartland, and the Cape Girardeau Municipal Band. He also hosts and conducts the Scott County Community Band.


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