Calvary Murrieta Junior High School's Jazz Band
Scott Merrin was born and raised in Washington State. He graduated from high school in 2002, and attended George Fox University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music: Preteaching. After he completed his undergraduate studies, he attended the University of Portland, where he completed the 10-month M.A.T. program where he graduated with his Master of Arts in Teaching and his teaching license. He then taught for 4 years in the North Franklin School District, a rural public school in Eastern Washington, where he taught Junior High and High School Bands, as well as Music Appreciation, Class Guitar and Jazz Band. This is Mr. Merrin’s second year at CMCS, where he is responsible for teaching Instrumental Music at the Elementary, Junior High and High School levels. In addition to teaching, he is an active musician in the Temecula Valley, playing bass for the Cloud Nine Jazz Ensemble and baritone sax for the Valley Winds Community Band. Mr. Merrin loves the Lord most of all, having served in church for over 20 years. He and his wife Laura live in Menifee, and enjoy being a part of the Calvary community.
Jazz Band Course Description
This secondary performance-based course provides students with a variety of jazz ensemble experiences. Music is studied and performed from an intermediate to advanced level of jazz repertoire. Jazz basics and technique are intermixed with the jazz festival music for the semester. This ensemble performs at festivals and performances throughout the semester. Extracurricular commitment is required. Traditional jazz instruments are used in this course.
(i.e. – saxophone, trombone, trumpet, piano, bass, drums & mallet percussion).