Jazz Band


The Jazz Band is a small ensemble designed to promote the study of jazz literature, emphasizing improvisation and styles of the jazz idiom.  Students meet after school once marching season has ended and receive a half credit for course participation.  Admission to the group requires participation in a school based concert ensemble (such as Wind Ensemble) and audition.  Auditions occur in May or June for the preceding school year and can be scheduled with Mrs. Jacoby at Director@HerndonBand.org. The instrumentation of the ensemble varies each year, but generally reflects a stand Big Band orchestration.


Jazz Band Awards by year

2021-2022 School Year

  • Chantilly Jazz Festival

2014-2015 School Year

  • Chantilly Jazz Festival – Excellent rating


2013-2014 School Year

  • Chantilly Jazz Festival – Excellent rating


2012-2013 School Year 

  • OrlandoFest, Universal Studios – 1st place, Excellent Rating


2011-2012 School Year 

  • VBODA Jazz Assessment, Colonial Forge High School – Superior Rating


2010-2011 School Year

  • Festival Disney –  Superior rating (97.3), first place


2009-2010 School Year 

  • Trump Towers in New York City

  • Chantilly Jazz Festival - Excellent Rating


2008-2009 School Year 

  • Myrtle Beach – Superior rating, 1st place in class


2007-2008 School Year 

  • Orlando – Superior rating, 1st place


2006-2007 School Year 

  • Williamsburg, Fiesta-Val – Superior rating


2004-2005 School Year 

  • Festival Disney, Orlando Florida – Jazz Band – Excellent rating


2003-2004 School Year 

  • Heritage Music Festival, Atlanta, GA – Jazz Band – 1st place (Silver Medal)


2002-2003 School Year 

  • All American Band Festival, Hard Rock Cafe, Orlando, Florida – Superior rating, 1st place finish, and outstanding awards of recognition to the saxophone section


2001-2002 School Year 

  • Festivals of Music in Nashville, TN – Best in Class, Overall Championship, Best Rhythm section, Best Sax section. Guitar soloist Award, Alto saxophone Soloist Award


2000-2001 School Year

  • Orlando All-Star Music Festival – Superior Rating, Best in Class,


1999-2000 School Year

  • Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival - Third place


1998-1999 School Year 

  • Landmark Mall, Montreal, Canada – First place and gold medal