The Paragould Jazz Band meets daily during 4th period and is open to students grades 9-12 that are enrolled in both marching & concert band. In rare cases, students not enrolled in marching & concert band are allowed to participate in the jazz band, only when a need arises where no one else is available to play that instrument (ex. rhythm section). Students perform a wide variety of music, such as: swing, rock, latin, funk, and ballads. Students, in some cases, perform on secondary instruments.
The Paragould Jazz Band is one of the founding members of the All-Region & All-State Jazz Honor Bands in Arkansas. All Jazz Band students are expected to audition & qualify for the All-Region Jazz Honor Bands. The Paragould Jazz Band is one of the leaders for placing students in the All-Region Jazz Band. Jazz Band students have regular clinicians & concerts with guest artists. The Jazz Band travels around the school district in the spring on their annual "JAZZ TOUR" to perform for the pre-k school, three elementary schools, and the middle school.
Jazz Band students have the first opportunity to audition for placement in Northeast Arkansas' Elite Paragould Fine Arts Department's Spring Musical held each April. In one of the last few "live music" musicals in Arkansas, jazz students perform before sold out audiences! Recent productions include:
"All Shook Up" - by Joe DiPietro
"A Year With Frog & Toad" - by Robert and Willie Reale
"Back to the 80's" - by Neil Gooding
"The Music Man" - by Meredith Willson
"Once Upon A Mattress" - by Mary Rodgers
"Into the Woods" - Stephen Sondheim
"9 to 5" - by Dolly Parton
"Annie Get Your Gun" - by Irving Berlin
In addition, the Paragould Jazz Band performs as part of the stage band for the Paragould Band fundraiser known as "Rockin' the Night Away for the Paragould Band" held each year at the historic Collin's Theater in Downtown Paragould. Band members play along with guest vocalist, who sing favorites from the 50's, 60's, 70's & even some 80's!