The NGHS JAZZ ENSEMBLE is a 20 to 25 member auditioned instrumental performing group under the direction of Mr. Marion English that performs music in the Jazz or "Big Band" style of concert oriented jazz literature. It meets after school in the North Gwinnett band room most Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Spring with the purpose of exposing students to the importance of jazz as an American art form coupled with an added emphasis on improvisation. The NGJE is made up of North Gwinnett's most advanced performers, many of whom have participated in the Georgia All-State Band, in addition to many other extra-curricular performing groups. Playing a varied repertoire of traditional swing, latin, jazz rock, and funk, the North Gwinnett Jazz Ensemble maintains an active concert schedule throughout the spring having performed in various festivals and concerts in and around Suwanee and the state of Georgia.

Members of the Jazz program at NGHS should use this page to view and download information concerning the Jazz Lab and Jazz Ensembles. The full Jazz Calendar at right can be seen here. Please direct your browser to for more comprehensive information on the NGHS Band program.

Current Events:

Congratulations to these two fine student musicians and NGHS Jazz Ensemble members,  
Evan Roussey
and Max Toomey,
on a great
GMEA All-State Jazz performance during the State Inservice Conference!
Arguably the best All-State Jazz Ensemble in recent memory.


to the
2016-2017 NGHS Jazz Ensemble

Aditi Arunmozhi  – Alto
Eric Eldridge – Alto
David Yu – Tenor
Max Flanter – Tenor
Min Lee - Bari

Andrew Imig
Justin Ok
Cameron Tangco
Quintin Peters

Evan Roussey
Justin Porter
Luis D. Rivera
Michael Van Wagenen - Bass

Joseph Napolitano – Piano
Katie Park – Bass
Max Toomey – Drums
Jazz DeFreitas – Aux Perc/Vibes
James Eaton - Guitar
Minoo Dixon - Clarinet/Aux Perc


Second semester rehearsals will take place
most Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-4:00 pm.
See calendar at right for exact schedule of events


To receive reminders/alerts on your phone,
text @nghsj to (682) 200-1214

or go to and enter @nghsj
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Check out these great recordings from our past appearances at

the GMEA District 13 Jazz Performance Evaluation:


Helpful Links:

The Georgia Music Educators Association -
Jamey Aebersold Jazz Improvisation -
Wes Funderburk web page -
   (local jazz trombone performer - check out his "blog songs")
All About Jazz -

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*Download the audition requirements for the GMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble [attachment 07]
*Practice with the Bb and F Blues play-along recordings by Jamey Aebersold [attachments 08-09]
*Download and print the Bb Blues Worksheet for your instrument - Open .zip file [attachment 10]
*Download and print a list of recommended jazz performing artists for you to listen to [attachment 11]
*Download, fill out, sign, and print the GCPS Media Release Form [attachment 13]

  Go here to see full calendar

Jazz Calendar

Marion English,
Mar 15, 2012, 4:37 AM
Marion English,
Aug 18, 2010, 9:01 AM
[08] Jamey Aebersold - Blues in key of Bb concert.mp3
Marion English,
Sep 25, 2009, 4:37 AM
[09] Jamey Aebersold - Blues in key of F concert.mp3
Marion English,
Sep 25, 2009, 4:36 AM
[10] Bb Blues Improv
Marion English,
Sep 25, 2009, 4:53 AM
Marion English,
Sep 25, 2009, 4:53 AM
Marion English,
Apr 20, 2010, 5:55 AM