Music

HS Instrumental Music Program

GDS jazz and creative music ensembles perform throughout the year at various venues, festivals, and functions. In addition to the winter and spring concerts and various assemblies, ensembles perform at the GDS Jazz Festival, Big Band Jam sponsored by Blues Alley, and at Blues Alley.

Ensembles also travel outside of the DC area to jazz festivals in North Carolina, the Hershey Park Music-in-the-Parks competition, and Jazz at Lincoln Center and other destinations in New York City.

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  • Jazz Improvisation and Creative Music Lab (beginning level)

    Jazz Improvisation Lab is open to all students of any instrument. The lab provides answers to the question "What Do I Play?" when asked to improvise. The course develops instrumental technique, as well as a foundation in music theory. Activities in class include reading notated music, playing by ear, improvising, and learning to read chord progressions and notation. The course includes opportunities to perform on and off campus throughout the year.
  • Jazz and Creative Music Chamber Ensemble (advanced level)

    Jazz Chamber Ensemble is an advanced-level jazz ensemble for mixed instruments. Improvisation, written music, and ear-training/theory are incorporated into the creation and performance of arrangements of music from the standard jazz repertoire and creative music. Students will participate in several performances throughout the year on and off campus. Jazz Chamber Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble - Big Band will combine for special events and repertoire presentations.
  • Jazz Ensemble - Big Band (advanced level)

    The Jazz Ensemble is a classic big band (reeds, trombones, trumpets, guitar, piano, bass, drums) as well as other instruments (flute/clarinet/vibraphone/violin, etc) performing music from the Swing Era and beyond. Written music, "head" arrangements, improvisation, and more culminate in performances of music by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sun Ra, and contemporary big band composers. Students will participate in several performances throughout the year on and off campus. Jazz Chamber Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble - Big Band will combine for special events and repertoire presentations.

HS Instrumental Music Program

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    Brad Linde 

    Jazz and Creative Instrumental Music Teacher
    202-274-3196

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Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school in Washington, DC with small class sizes and a diverse school community. Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum includes hands-on learning, honors and AP classes, as well as advanced-level math and STEM courses. An education is not just college prep and SAT scores. GDS teachers focus on providing the best education for each child, from elementary grades through high school. The school performing arts program includes theater, dance, and music. The athletics program offers competitive sports for student athletes, including cross-country, track, soccer, lacrosse, and crew/rowing. With our strong commitment to financial aid, an independent school tuition is affordable.