The jazz program is a before-school program for band students looking to join a fun, instructive and inspiring group of student musicians taught by Bob Athayde. The jazz program consists of two bands: the Jazz Crusaders and the Jazz Messengers.
The Jazz Crusaders meet from 7:20am - 8:05am on Mondays and Thursdays. The Jazz Messengers meet from 7:20am - 8:05am on Tuesdays and Fridays. ALL Crusaders and Messengers are welcome on Wednesdays from 7:20am - 8:50am to play more and hone their improvisation skills.
The Crusaders and the Messengers perform several exciting concerts throughout the year to showcase their hardwork and to share their music with parents and the greater Lafayette community.
MESSENGERS AND CRUSADERS:
CONCERT ATTIRE FOR JAZZ BANDS:
Girls: White top, plus: Dark, solid, long skirt (skirt must cover the knees when seated) or pants, dark hose, dark shoes. No short skirts are allowed.
Boys: white long sleeve shirt, long tie, dark solid pants, dark socks and dark shoes.
Dark pants, solid black shirts and fun-colored, jazzy ties.
The Lafayette Generations in Jazz Foundation is once again sponsoring the Contra Costa County Middle School and High School Honor Jazz Band Concert. This year’s director for the Middle School Band will be Mary Fettig and the High School Band will be Melecio Magdaluyo. All jazz students are encouraged to audition; it promises to be an exciting experience! Please save the following dates on your calendar for the 2020 school year:
If you are interested in the Honor Band, please block out THE AUDITION DATE AND ALL REHEARSAL DATES. You must make the audition date as well as every rehearsal. NO EXCEPTIONS.
2017-2018 Jazz Messengers
2017-2018 Jazz Crusaders
Photos courtesy of Kerwin Lee
For the second year in a row, the Stanley Jazz Messengers has received a Downbeat Magazine Student Award for "Outstanding Performance". They share the nation wide honor with Sutter Middle School. This is under the Large Jazz Ensemble Category for Junior High School. Congratulations to Bob Athayde, director of music education at Stanley and all the Jazz Messengers.