Program: The Amherst Middle School Jazz Lab includes mostly 6th graders, but also 7th and 8th graders who are interested in playing in both Jazz Lab and Jazz Ensemble. We play rock music, swing, blues, ballads pop music and big band music. This group performs three times a year for school concerts, the annual awards ceremony, every other year for the AMS talent show and plays a yearly concert at the Hard Rock Cafe.The group rehearses once a week on Tuesday morning to prepare for these events.
The Amherst Middle School Jazz Ensemble is a continuation of the jazz program, which is mostly 7th and 8th grade students. The group competes in competition every year, and has won many awards. The goal of the group is to focus on the jazz tradition and preparing students for high school jazz. The group is limited to Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, Guitar, Bass and Piano, and there is a lot of rehearsal time devoted to the art of improvisation, the foundation of Jazz. We are proud to continue this rich American tradition!
EXTRACURRICULAR CHORAL ENSEMBLES AND ACTIVITIES
Morning Choir: An ensemble of 8th-grade students enrolled in Chorus 7-8 who would like to perform with Choir 8 on concerts and participate in special events; meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school in Room 122; no audition necessary.
Pop Chorus: A small ensemble made up of choral students in all grades that meets Friday mornings before school; no audition necessary.
Beautyshoppe and Barbershop: Small ensembles made up of 8th-grade choral students that meet weekly during lunch and occasionally before school; selected by audition in October.
All-County Chorus – Students are selected by audition and perform at the Elementary or Junior High North ECMEA All-County Festival in March
Middle School Annual Musical – Informational meetings and Auditions for the annual show are held in October. Rehearsals begin in November with the final performance held at the end of January.
NYSSMA Solo Festival – An opportunity for interested 7th and 8th grade students to prepare a solo and perform for a judge for evaluation. Festivals are held in the spring of each school year.
EXTRACURRICULAR ORCHESTRAL ENSEMBLES
The Amherst Middle School Orchestra program also offers two extra-curricular ensembles; ensembles; Chamber Orchestra, and A.R.C.O. (Amherst Rock Concert Orchestra).