The Upper School Jazz Band plays Big Band-style music and small combo charts from the standards of the jazz world. Emphasis is on reading, playing in appropriate styles, and improvisation. They perform two concerts each year, and are occasionally invited to play at other functions.
Like the instrumental groups at Bancroft, Upper School Chorus is both a class and a performing ensemble. While some members are two- or even three- year veterans, inexperienced singers, male and female, are equally welcome. We meet three days out of six to sing popular as well as classical repertoire. A portion of each class is devoted to developing range, vocal power and control, and a modest amount of music theory supports our effective music reading (especially use of the so-fa system).