Rather than having regular, fixed performances like our Concert Band, Jazz Central plays throughout the year at different school and community events. They've performed for churches and local festival goers, and have been featured twice at Chesterfield County School District's Opening Day Ceremony—a back-to-school event for district employees—where the group played for over a thousand guests. Students that participate in our jazz band get to familiarize themselves with a number of jazz standards, in addition to a variety of other popular soul, rock, funk, and R&B compositions. Instrumentation for this group consists of trumpet, saxophone, trombone, baritone, drums, guitar, bass guitar, and piano. Students that participate in this ensemble gain a greater knowledge of jazz rhythms and blues scales, and are encouraged to experiment with improvisation in a way they are unable to in other ensembles.