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The jazz bands view intensively as Mr. Revett displays the basics of jazz techniques.

With the fall marching band coming to an end, it’s time for jazz to take the spotlight.

Nov. 6 was the first meeting for the jazz band and tryouts for the varsity and junior varsity. From now until the end of the season, practices will be held on Mondays. The opening meeting for Robinson’s jazz band had begun with a quick session of getting in the groove and getting familiar with the rules and expectations, followed by a viewing of informational and instructional jazz videos on the main projector and finally the varsity tryouts.

“Today is the first day so we’re doing applications and tryouts and just going over material. You only have to audition to make varsity. There are people in jazz band that aren’t in band, so you don’t have to be in band to be in jazz band,” said Hailey Irvan (’25), who is a second-year jazz band member.

To be in varsity, you’d need to be an experienced musician or at least been playing for a year. For some instruments with higher numbers of player, like trumpets, you have to go through an audition to make the varsity jazz band. The JV team isn’t just starters or outside musicians, it’s players that had fought and didn’t make the cut for varsity band. The two bands are not set in stone as if any JV player shines above the rest or if a varsity player slacks off, the teams are open to changes.

To join jazz band, you’d need to talk with Band Dirctor Christopher Revett in in the band room, room 6-103. Joining the team is the easy part as you just need to be able to bring an instrument to the table at any point in the bands running time, but the difficult part is joining varsity as, depending on the instrument, can be neck to neck.

“There’s not really a last day [to join] we had our interest meeting and we’re starting rehearsals on the Monday we get back from break. Right now, our concerts are planned for the spring, and we have a music performance in April,” Revett said.

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Joseph Treviño, Staff Writer
Joseph Treviño is a junior at Robinson and a staff writer for Knight Writers. This is his first year on staff. Treviño has many goals this year, including wanting to get better grades and also to improve at his sport of choice: swimming. He swims for Robinson, as well as a club. “Last year was my first year on the swim team and I made it all the way to regionals and districts,” Treviño said. “So, this year I’m trying to make it to states, mostly for my backstroke.” Treviño has a variety of interests outside of school. He can often be found tuned in to his favorite rock music or watching one of his favorite movies or TV shows such as “Community.” He has a passion for film as well, citing his favorite movie as “Pootie Tang.” “It’s about this guy who fights corporate America, but he speaks this made-up language the whole time,” Treviño said. Treviño is also interested in exploring multimedia this year, specifically recording and editing videos. “I want to do a lot of very random and unique stuff with interviewing people and to work with my friend Colton,” Treviño said. Besides having his academic and athletic goals, Treviño is looking forward to exploring uncharted territory in newspaper and being able to surround himself with friends while doing so. “I want to have fun and be able to work with my friends and I want to explore new areas and media,” Treviño said. Profile by (Malia Rodriguez)
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