NH Jazz Orchestra

NH Jazz Orchestra

The NH Jazz Orchestra’s mission is to engage rising talented musicians as well as the broader adult community in the excitement and performance of Big Band music. Helping to hone and craft this group for audiences to appreciate will be its Music Director, Clayton “Skip” Poole and his son, assistant director CJ Poole. In an effort to give back to aspiring musicians, Clayton brings more than forty years of professional big band performing experience to the ensemble, having worked with such luminaries as Mel Torme, Cab Calloway, Rosemary Clooney, Andy Williams, Maynard Ferguson and Johnny Mathis to name only a few. In addition, CJ adds the component of a younger perspective, with his talents as a bassist and acclaimed vocal ability which was encouraged by the late great jazz guitarist “Bucky” Pizzarelli.

Rehearsals:  Wednesday evenings 6:00-8:30pm
Auditions: June 21st and June 22nd from 5-8 p.m.
To schedule an audition or for more information email Ensembles Manager Ryan Striker at ensembles@mcmusicschool.org 


Audition Requirements:

Please come to your audition prepared to:

  • Perform two pieces, approximately 2 minutes in duration. One piece should be a ballad and the other a piece of medium tempo.
  • Play concert scales Bb, C, Eb, and D
  • Sight read a piece chosen by the director